Antique sleeper car finds new home at Terre Haute museum

WTHI Photo, John Timm
WTHI Photo, John Timm

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – A new attraction pulled into the Wabash Valley Railroaders Museum in Terre Haute Thursday.

The antique Pullman Troop Sleeper Car was built in 1943 and was used to transport goods for the U.S. government during World War II.

The Haley Tower Historical & Technical Society owns the museum and saved the sleeper car from being scrapped

“We plan to restore it outside so that it looks like it was when it was new,” said Bill Foster, Haley Tower Historical & Technical Society president. “Inside it will be restored with bunks on one end, showing what the troops slept in. On the opposite end will be pictures and interpretive displays showing how it was used.”

Officials say complete restoration of the antique sleeper car could take several years. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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