As Port Authority employees evacuated the World Trade Center rail terminal that fateful morning of 9/11, train crews and other survivors crowded aboard one train out. Leaving stranded another train, which remained as the towers fell. Today, the last surviving car from that train sits preserved in a massive plane hangar at JFK airport, where most of the relics of the Twin Towers are stored. This week, the Trolley Museum of New York in upstate Kingston will get PATH Train Car No. 143, found virtually unscathed amid the ruins. The museum plans to build a 9/11 wing to house the car.
“My vision is to have people walk through it and around it so they can get a feeling of reverence for the people who died that day,” said Erik Garces, the museum’s president.’
“This is a significant acquisition for the Museum,” said Joi Becker, former Trustee and PR & Marketing agent for The Trolley Museum of New York. By receiving these pieces rescued from Ground Zero, the museum reconnects its presence in Kingston to its roots in New York City, bringing the museum full circle. “We couldn’t believe that this car, with such historical significance, was actually available,” said newly elected President, Erik Garces. “The items they are giving us are so sacred to New York City and all the families that lost loved ones in the attack.”
Details on the arrival can be seen here: http://www.kingstonhappenings.org/events/arrival-of-the-last-train-from-ground-zero/