Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society, Inc.

  • Dunmore, PA
  • http://www.eldcps.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to preserve the passenger and dining car experience on the Erie Lackawanna and its predecessors through the purchase and restoration of Erie Lackawanna passenger and dining equipment.

Main Programs

  1. Dinner In The Diner
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

We encourage membership from all across the world, but our activities remain focused on areas that were formerly served by the Erie Lackawanna Railway and its predecessors; primarily centered on Northeastern Pennsylvania and Northern New Jersey.

ruling year

2001

President since 2013

Self-reported

John Isaksen

Vice President since 2015

Self-reported

Mr. Paul Cappelloni

Keywords

Self-reported

Railroad, travel, nonprofit, restoration, dining, transportation

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Also Known As

ELDCPS

EIN

22-3803837

 Number

3177370266

Physical Address

201 South Blakely Street #333

Dunmore, PA 18512

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Public Transportation Systems and Services (W40)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Dinner In The Diner

The Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society was formed with the goal to acquire an original Erie Lackawanna dining car and restore it to full operating condition. From the late 1800s until 1970, the Erie Lackawanna and its predecessors (along with America's other major railroads) provided some of the best meals in the country in its fleet of dining cars. The ability to serve hundreds of passengers three meals a day while traveling at speeds up to 80 miles per hour is a story worth telling and worth recreating. These meals were no mere tray meals or sandwiches, the finest ingredients were freshly prepared on board the dining car then served on heavy china at a table with the finest linens, polished silver and elegant glassware. The chefs, waiters and steward were well versed in providing the best level of service possible.

ELDCPS owns three dining cars, Erie Lackawanna 741, Erie Lackawanna 770, and DL&W 469. Once each car is complete, we will strive to maintain as much authenticity as possible, and operate the cars exactly as the EL did, utilizing original pattern china, flatware, coffee pots, tea pots, sugar bowls, and water pitchers—from EL, Erie and DL&W patterns.

Paper items such as menus, place mats, napkins, coasters, Chef's hats, individually wrapped toothpicks, and even the famous EL mints will be duplicated from the original items in our personal collections. We have been in contact with the original manufacturer of most diner items, and all reproduction items will be marked as such, to differentiate it from the originals that are in private collections.

Category

Historic Preservation & Conservation

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

We encourage membership from all across the world, but our activities remain focused on areas that were formerly served by the Erie Lackawanna Railway and its predecessors; primarily centered on Northeastern Pennsylvania and Northern New Jersey.

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ERIE LACKAWANNA DINING CAR PRESERVATION SOCIETY
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society, Inc.

Leadership

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President

John Isaksen

Vice President

Mr. Paul Cappelloni

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

John Isaksen

Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society

Term: July 2013 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?