Renovated rail car restaurant on track for June opening in Texarkana

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TEXARKANA, Ark. (KTAL/KMSS) – A 1930s-era train car that was moved to downtown Texarkana last year is on track to open its doors next month. 

The rail car once carried movie stars from coast to coast. It will soon be serving breakfast and lunch to folks dining downtown.

“We wanted it to look authentic, so not only did we put it on tracks, we built a railroad station beside it,” said David Peavy, who renovated the historic rail car. “So, it’s on an elevated platform like at a railroad station.”

Peavy bought the rail car last year and has been working on it ever since. He calls it “The Flying Crow.”

“It’s just super cool, I love the history of it,” said Emily Graham. Graham plans to open a restaurant inside.

“The kitchen that will be our kitchen now is actually the shower and the barbershop back there,” said Graham. 

While trying to preserve the feel of the historic car, a few touches have been added. Some of the train’s old bed frames have been refinished to be used as bar seating. 

“This is where the people that worked on the train would sleep, ’cause it took 38 hours to get from Chicago to LA,” said Peavy.

This duo is hoping to draw more people to downtown for a truly unique experience. 

“There’ll be a train come by every 30 minutes or so, and so it’s while you’re in a train watching trains go by,” said Peavy. “It’s just a cool effect.”

Peavy said he eventually wants to add an observation deck on top of the rail car, so folks can have an even better view of the passing trains. 

The Flying Crow is set to open June 17. 

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