3/28/2012 - For Immediate Release

Wooden Toy Replica of Pullman Railcar to Arrive at Hildene

Maple Landmark Woodcraft partners with Robert Todd Lincoln's Hildene to create special souvenir.

Middlebury/Manchester, VT—Middlebury's Maple Landmark Woodcraft has partnered with Hildene, The Robert T. Lincoln Family Home, in Manchester to manufacturer wooden toy replicas of the 1903 restored wooden Pullman luxury railcar, Sunbeam.

The toy car measures about 4" long and is cut from New England pine. It is printed using a rich green with gold lettering mirroring not only the opulence of the time but the Sunbeam itself with the Pullman green and gold. "This was a fun project to work on," said Lisa Yorke, graphics room coordinator, "it's not often that we get to work on local projects that have such meaning." This special custom souvenir is available in The Museum Store at Hildene.

2012 marks the first full year that the Sunbeam will be open to the public. The Pullman Car arrived at Hildene on June 4, 2011 after a 5 year, $1.5 million, process of locating, purchasing, restoring and moving the car over 1,000 miles from Lancaster, South Carolina to the open air pavilion on the 412 acre home site in Manchester.

The story of Robert T. Lincoln and Hildene would not be complete without a Pullman car, as Mr. Lincoln was associated with the Pullman Company from the mid 1890's to his death in 1926, serving as President of the company from 1897 to 1911.

To learn more about Hildene, please visit their website at www.hildene.org. To learn more information about Maple Landmark, their website can be found at www.maplelandmark.com.

Contact: Barbara Rainville • 800-421-4223
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