THE TRAIN CAR. DESTROYED.
Twin Peaks fans have long been curious about the fate of the train car, best seen in the Pilot, that was host to the murder of Laura Palmer and the near murder of Ronette Pulaski. Early rumors suggested a wealthy Japanese collector had acquired the car and had it shipped to his homeland. This rumor was popular in the early and mid-nineties, especially as an intense fervor by Japanese fans for anything Twin Peaks related had lead to fake Laura Palmer funerals, complete series marathons on television and special airfare package tours of the filming sites costing thousands of dollars per person.
Later, reports that the car was decommissioned and sent to Astoria, Oregon for restoration seemed entirely feasible, especially as the Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie have long claimed just that. Erroneously it seems. The museum previously has said that "the 1915-built Barney & Smith car company coach #273 was the coach used in the filming." In our previous post about this topic, reader 'Falling Through Space' (who has recently visited the Astoria restoration site) reports: "...the car everyone is looking for, is not in Astoria. Car SP&S #273, as stated in the letter from Snoqualmie, is a combination Baggage/Coach, and looks barely anything like the car from the Pilot. It would seem that their information is off a bit."
Our desire to find out the fate of this important piece of the history of Twin Peaks has now paid off. We have recently received this letter:
"Hello, my name is Drew. I'm a volunteer at the Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie, Washington... while researching the history of the museum, ...intrigued with the mystery of what happened to the wood coach (the watchman's car) where Laura Palmer was killed. Yesterday, I asked one of the engineers at the museum if he knew what had happened to the car. As he put it, "It's making Toyotas". Awhile back, the museum went through its collection of cars. Some found new homes. The cars that were beyond hope of restoration were scrapped. Sadly, Laura Palmer's car was one of the latter."
Well, there you go. It seems the Northwest Railway Museum simply made an honest mistake from the start claiming the car we are all looking for was sent to Astoria for restoration. We are now trying to find any paperwork related to the destruction of the car and more testimonials concerning the train car from our favorite show. Is the story over? Are we 100% certain of all this? No! We would love to be proven wrong! However, at this point it seems that it's up to anyone who disagrees with our findings to prove it's existence. Send us a picture. We would love it if this historic prop was still around somewhere, perhaps being lovingly restored. Or hopefully, hiding somewhere deep in the woods, waiting to be discovered.
Thanks to Drew Black and 'Falling Through Space'.
Douglas from February 24th magazine has supplied us with photos that apparently show the train car being stripped:
Posted by Jerry Horne