The car had been inspected by a third party and pictures were sent to the museum. With proper prep work it could move to Washington behind a freight train. The museum discussed this with Jon Clark, who is a certified Amtrak inspector and a mechanic. He agreed to make a trip to Maine to help prepare the car for transport. A purchase agreement was made, and on May 3, 2017 Dennis Lee and Doug Shearer began the 2800 mile drive to Maine. After averaging 800 miles a day for 3 and a half days, work on the car began on May 7 and by May 13, the anticipated preparation work was completed. Rebuilt brake valves were installed, all brake cylinders were rebuilt and lubed, required stenciling was applied, steps were welded into position, and preparation for a flashing red tail light was made. Unfortunately, one major problem was found. Two axles were found to have cracked brake discs and thus were condemned. Fortunately, after John Clark searched his contacts, two good wheelsets were found. With costs of the wheelsets, transport to Derby and installation, suddenly $13,000 was added to the cost. The Central Maine and Quebec Railway was kind enough to extend the deadline for wheel replacement to take place and finally on August 3, the car departed. Because of the complications related to passenger car movement on freight trains, the car was delayed numerous times. Ed Berntsen of Railmove NW supervised the movement with daily phone calls to try to shepherd the car along. Finally the car arrived in Toppenish on October 11, nearly 5 months, 3,450 rail miles, and traversing 4 railroads and 6 inspections after initial prep work was begun.
Museum members began cleaning and a few days later the lighting system was rewired to run on shore power (ie could be plugged in to a 240 volt plugin). Curtains were taken down and washed. Now real restoration needs to begin. Before painting back into the Loewy scheme, various leaks and two cracked windows will have to be repaired. Several rusted spots need to be patched. Interior paint needs to be redone. Rugs need to be replaced. Eventually the furniture needs to be restored with original appearing fabric. All this will take manpower and money. More donations will be needed as the wheel replacement took the money that had been budgeted. The goal is still to get much of this done in the next couple of years. Even as is, a visit to the car can help one to envision the days of luxury train travel. The museum opens its regular season May 1. The car is not routinely open, but most museum volunteers are happy to tour it with visitors, especially on Saturdays when more volunteers are available.