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A miracle of fate stepped in at the last moment. Long Valley, N.J. couple who were building a home and needed temporary shelter bought the car and lived in it until their home was finished, adding a false roof which protected the car's compromise roof over the years. Once the home was finished, 2651 became a storage shed on the site, as shown above.

In 1972, a dedicated trolley enthusiast named Tony Hall learned of the storage shed in the Jersey woods, investigated, and negotiated a sale for the restoration of the car body and returning the car to operating condition. Mr. Hall used much of his own funds, plus funds raised by the North Jersey Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. This interior photo of the car body shows it as it appeared in the summer of 1973, before it was hauled from Long Valley to a site at the Black River & Western Railway at Ringoes, in central New Jersey. Shown above are Frank Miklos, Tony Hall and Harry Didreksen.

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