• Pullman Railroad Days

  • General discussion about locomotives, rolling stock, and equipment
General discussion about locomotives, rolling stock, and equipment

Moderator: John_Perkowski

  by Jeff Smith
https://railfan.com/historic-rail-cars- ... road-days/
CHICAGO, Ill.—The public will have the chance to go inside a trio of visiting Pullman cars built for three different railroads during the second annual Pullman Railroad Days at the Pullman National Historical Park in Chicago, May 20-21.
The visiting cars include the 1923 heavyweight observation car New York Central 3; the 1950 Louisville & Nashville observation dome The Royal Street; and the 1949 Pennsylvania Railroad sleeper Colonial Crafts.

New York Central 3, a classic, open-platform observation car, was built for Harold Sterling Vanderbilt, great-grandson and heir of NYC founder Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt and ultimately the last Vanderbilt to serve in Central management.

The Royal Street is a streamlined observation car built in 1950 for use on the New York – New Orleans Crescent, later running on the Jacksonville, Fla. – New Orleans Gulf Wind. The Royal Street exemplifies the modernization of elegant travel as railroads updated their trains in the years after World War II.

Colonial Crafts is the last survivor of eight Pullman sleepers in Pennsy’s “Colonial” series built in 1949 as part of a major equipment modernization effort by PRR. Originally equipped with three double bedrooms, a dining room and lounge area, it was converted to a parlor car in 1964 and remained in service until retirement just prior to the advent of Amtrak. Following a period in museum use, the car was purchased and fully restored by Rod and Ellen Fishburn in 1985 and has been lovingly cared for and operated privately since that time.