Conrail agreed to donate it, along with an H34a Hopper, to the Railroad Museum in the Spring of 1999, shortly before it merged into Norfolk Southern and CSX. Delivery was delayed because of physical location factors. The car arrived at the museum on Friday, December 19, 2003, after being unloaded two days earlier on the Strasburg Rail Road.
Features. The X-54 cars were equipped with Evans "quick loader" features, were insulated and equipped to allow use of heaters They were equipped with 8' 2" wide plug doors - slightly larger than the more typical 8'. It is currently stored in the Museum's Restoration Yard, not far from other survivors of the "Standard Railroad of the World."
Restoration. Following extensive body work and painting in the Museum's Restoration Shop, the car emerged in its original appearance, joining many other historic cars. While locomotives often draw more attention, box cars carried much of the freight that made railroads a success.
For more key restoration achievements, go here.