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Detailed Information

Name: C&O No.1652
Railroad of Record: Chesapeake & Ohio Railway
Type of Car: Coach - 56 seats - divided center, long distance
Manufactured by: Pullman Company
Date Built: 1950

In 1948, the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O) ordered over 280 passenger cars from the Pullman Company. It was considered one of the largest orders of passenger cars placed by a single railroad with a single builder. Since the order was so large and the Pullman Company had other orders to fill, the passenger cars for the C&O did not roll off the line until 1950. Most of the order was either sold to other railroads or cancelled, because the demand for passenger rail travel had diminished. The C&O kept about 50 passenger cars of the original order; one of which being the No.1652. The No.1652 could seat only 52 people, compared to the usual 60-80 people. It also featured a bulkhead in the center of the car, which was decorated with a C&O system map and magazine racks. The No.1652 had a blue and dark yellow paint scheme with the words "Chesapeake & Ohio" painted in script.

The No.1652 served on several different lines. It was used on the B&O and the C&O until Amtrak's takeover in 1971. The No.1652 also took part in commuter service between Washington and Baltimore. The No. 1652 retired to the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum.
 

 

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