Thursday, August 27, 2015

Passenger cars past

Back in June I was able to photograph Norfolk and Western steam locomotive 611 as it made its first excursion in over 20 years. The star of the show, of course, was the massive J-class locomotive, beautifully restored and steaming on the mainline, but the passenger cars behind it told their own story.

The Crescent Harbor is a Pullman sleeper/lounge car delivered to Southern Railway in 1950 for service on the famous Southern Crescent Limited.

The Northern Pacific Stampede Pass was built in 1954 for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.
The Stampede Pass was the Northern Pacific's crossing of the Cascade Mountains in western Washington state.

The dome/observation car Jackson Square was originally built for the Great Northern Railroad, but has been in service to several railroads over the years

There were many more historic passenger cars behind N&W 611. These three were photographed at Front Royal, Virginia on June 6, 2015 as the train prepared to return to Manassas.


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