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Detailed Information

Name: B&O No.3000
Other Numbers: B&O No.5450
Railroad of Record: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
Type of Car: Food Bar Coach
Manufactured by: Pullman Company
Date Built: 1930
Dates Rebuilt: 1948 & 1966


The Pullman Company built B&O coach, class A-20, No.5450 in 1930 as an 80 seat heavyweight coach. In 1948, the No.5450 was streamlined and rebuilt with 42 reclining seats and lounge service. The No.5450 was put into service on the "National Limited" route between Washington and St. Louis. During the 1960s, passenger services were increasingly threatened by airline and interstate travel and the B&O needed a way to cut costs, but were determined to keep a high level of service. The solution was to cut out full service dining cars and replace them with food bar coaches. The food bar coach could be operated by one person and offer low cost meals that could be eaten in regular seats.

In 1966, the No.5450 was one of five heavyweight coaches to be selected for the new food service. The No.5450 was sent to the shops at Mt. Clare and emerged with a small food preparation section and a bar. Four of the reclining seats were removed and the No.5450 was renumbered as the No.3000. The new and improved No.3000 went into service on the Washington-Pittsburgh-Chicago route on a set of secondary trains. When Amtrak emerged five years later, it ended the career of the No.3000.
 


 

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