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Detailed Information

Name: B&O No. 908, "John T. Collinson"
Other Numbers: C&A No.503 & B&O No.922
Railroad of Record: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
Type of Car: Office car, heavyweight
Date Built: 1917
Date Rebuilt: 1926

Paint Scheme:
Roof: Black
Letter Board: B&O blue
Window Panel: B&O grey
Bottom Girder: B&O blue
Lettering: Gold

During the first half of the 20th century, riding in a private  railroad car was the ultimate way to travel. Known as "mansions  on rails" because of their extravagant amenities, private  railroad cars were used by politicians while they were  campaigning. The private railroad car had its own set of  bedrooms, an office area, a kitchen, a dining room, sleeping  quarters for servants, and an area to entertain guests. These  cars were usually at the end of the train, so passengers could  enjoy the scenery from their end platform.

In 1917, the Chicago & Alton Railroad built an all-wood office  car known as the No.  503. In 1926, the No. 503 was rebuilt and  given a steel under frame and riveted steel body. Five years  later, the Chicago & Alton Railroad became a subsidiary of the  Baltimore & Ohio and No. 503 was used by the B&O as car No. 922.  The B&O acquired the rights to the No. 922 in 1944. In 1945, the  No. 922 once again received a make over from the shops at Mt.  Clare. An air conditioning unit and new roller-bearing trucks  were added and the car was renumbered as the No. 908. The No. 908 carried many operating and engineering officials, including John T. Collinson, until 1967.

After the No.908 retired from service, it came under private  ownership. One of the new owners redecorated the inside of the  car and a second set of owners donated the No. 908 to the  Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum.

The No. 908 was named after John T. Collinson, a fourth  generation railroader who headed the Chessie System and Seaboard System railroads. In 1987, he retired as the Vice Chairman of CSX Corporation. He was a strong supporter of the B&O Railroad  Museum and in 1992, the No. 908 was dedicated in his memory.

 

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