A recent inquiring into licensing of one of my images for a book had me delving back into the archives. While doing so I realized that I had not posted many railroad photos lately so it was a good time to cruise through the files and dust off some that have not seen the light of day since they were first captured.
In 1923 the B & O Railroad introduced it's flagship car, the Capitol Limited to the public. It was a full-service rail car with plenty of amenities and an emphasis on luxury. Sleeper service, barbers, chefs and a variety of other creature comforts were available for the asking. The initial route included service to New York, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Washington DC. There were also stops in Philadelphia via connections with the Jersey Central and Reading Railroads. For nearly half a century, this was the way to go in the northeast and north central US, but it all ended in 1971 when Amtrak took over the majority of the passenger service in America.
Below are a couple of shots I captured during a visit to the B & O Railroad Museum earlier this year. Both show one of these now vintage luxury trains in the Railroad Car Works, where refurbishment projects are conducted. This train will no doubt become a museum attraction and be preserved for railroad lovers to enjoy.
Below we have a shot of the rear door, showing some fair wear and tear but in relatively good shape after many years of running the rails.
Next we have an aisle view of the cars that make up this particular grouping. Should be quite an experience going through this train when restored.
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