by Gilbert B Norman
Gilbert B Norman wrote: ↑Wed Dec 28, 2022 4:41 pm The Ed Ellis former C&O, former B&O, 5BR-flat end Obs in IC livery was on end of #4(26).After a "Eureka Moment", I recall a Sept '62 ride Richmond Cinci on the FFV which featured a daylight ride through the Gorge (as distinct from Amtrak's "on the Summer Solstice and if on time") and in spotlessly clean cars.
When Ellis's gang realized they were never going to have the PRJ business to support a full Diner, they built a Kitchen into likely two of the Bedrooms with the remaining being crew accommodation.
The Diner was a "--Club" Bedroom Obs (flat end) placed mid-train, so it is more likely than not Ellis' car was one of these four the C&O kept; therefore, Ellis was spared any extensive rebuilding as Chessie had already done it for him.
All told, having this car liveried IC was not all that far-fetched, The IC had a number of 10-6 (Bedrooms center-car) and twin unit Diners they acquired from "RRY's used car lot".