Pennsylvania Railroad Barge 399

Pennsylvania Railroad Barge 399

Pennsylvania Railroad Barge 399

Pennsylvania Railroad Barge 399 Tentative Tour Schedule:

Schedule to be announced

Please check back for schedule updates.

Due to berthing and depth constraints, not all vessels will be at all tour stops. Expected vessels can change without notice.

Length: 80

Beam: 30

Draft: 3 6

Year Built: 1942
Builder: American Bridge Company

With her wooden house and steel hull, Pennsy 399 is unique among the few surviving covered railroad barges. From the late 1800’s to the mid 1900’s, hundreds of barges like her worked in New York waters transferring cargo between ships and railcars. The sturdy post and beam construction of the house, together with the authentic materials used in the restoration create an atmosphere that conveys visitors back in time to the heyday of the marine and rail transportation industries in New York Harbor.

The barge is currently under restoration by a group of professional mariners and railroad experts. When repaired, the barge will host free public shoreside events like historic exhibits, art shows, and live performances. School groups will be able to hear from professional boatmen about what it’s like to work on the modern river, and then learn some of the traditional skills still used by sailors today.

Available for dockside events, traveling exhibits