The Silver Coack is currently a restaurant in Park Ridge (east side of Stevens Point) Wisconsin
In June 2017, on Yahoo groups there was a request for Silver Coach information.
And after all these years, even my own webpages disappeared when internet providers changed. So I made this page fresh from the original 2003 pictures. The restaurant is still there, but I haven't been back inside to see if anything has changed in all those years.
Here is a reply to the information seen in 2003.
This is the Soo Line sleeper Glen Flora, which was built in 1903, retired in 1933, and
used as a restaurant ever since. After decades of being covered over with
various types of siding, the current owners have restored it to a somewhat
original appearance. One end of the interior is virtually intact, and is
worth seeing. In addition to all this, the food is excellent.
From the outside, the end platform vestibules seem to be there. But inside, they are remodeled into interior space and not their original function.
|The west / southwest corner, which is the left in the above picture.|
|The southeast corner, the right side of the big picture.|
|the floor plan that I drew. Not to scale.|
An outside view showing the west end of the restaurant.
The white room is the main dining area.
From the outside, the end vestibules seem to be there. But inside, they are remodeled into interior space and not their original function.
I used a digital camera of that era, a 2 mp size. And I also have ten 35mm slides, but I didn't do anything with them since.
|Walk in the entrance in the middle of the car, and look east at the bar and east end of the car.|
|The vestibule is gone, the east end goes clear to the wall.|
|Turn around and look west at the Dome that is in the middle of the car.|
|the Dome, closer|
|The stained glass in the Dome|
the nameplate under the glass
INTERIOR VESTIBULE - PAT'D DEC 25, 1900
|Private dining in a sleeper compartment|
There was an un-answered question in 2003.
This is a picture of the cover to a berth, above the dining table.
(and this is too dark of a picture. That wood 'eats' up my photo lighting.)
Note the recessed knob. Rob didn't have the key or handle ( ?? a porter's key ??) to work it, and hasn't opened it since he bought the restaurant (as of 2003)
I could go back for a close-up picture and take measurements of the shaft, but maybe you already know what fits? ( I haven't been back inside since 2003 to know if there is an interest in opening the berth, or if it was already done since then)
|I think this is in the ladies room? I didn't go back to check since 2003.|
|Built in Dayton, Ohio|
Here's a copy of restaurant information from the menu (from 2003). I'll type it here:
Welcome to the Silver Coach, Park Ridge's oldest established restaurant. Enjoy our fresh creative cuisine.
Please feel free to wander through the bar and dining room. Discover the original stained glass & inlaid wood of our 1905 Smith & Barney sleeper car. Our walls, mantels,
and pedestals showcase some of Wisconsin's finest artists & craftsmen.
The Silver Coach features two private dining rooms for two. A beautiful blue spruce drapes the outdoor dining area for our summer visitors. All herbs and some hot peppers are grown in either our summer garden or winter indoor hydoponics garden for maximum freshness.
We are happy you joined us in celebrating the spirit of yesterday and today at the Silver Coach. You are always welcome again and again.
This page was photographed in 2003 and then wrote fresh and posted again in July, 2017.