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19.01.2014
Cabooses   Use a caboose as your "country get-away", or remodel a bunch into a motel complex. Private railroad car ownership was made popular by the Vanderbilt family in the 1910's and 1920's.
Ken was on a railfan trip with friends in 1985 when the group happened across an open-platform observation car at Cumberland, Md., lettered for the Baltimore and Ohio and numbered 940752.
B&O 940752 began life as Musina, last of ten open-platform cars built in November, 1912, by the Pullman Company with ten sections and an observation lounge in Lot 4049 to Plan 2521 for San Francisco Overland Limited service, The car was sold to the B&O in December 1948, had number 7403 added, and was leased back to Pullman.
In the November, 1985, move from Cumberland to Stewartstown, Pa., Musina derailed and one of the trucks was badly damaged. Our little group spent the remainder of 1986 working on Musina but full restoration was going to be a long time away.
Ken wrote to railroads we felt could have suitable equipment for sale in the furutre, asking to be placed on sale lists.
In 1987, We formed Classic Rail Cars and had accumulated a substantial amount of cash, but we knew from experience that it wasn't going be enough. Money or not, Wren and Renee went to Roanoke that Spring and inspected all the cars on the NS sale list. Just as it was begining to appear that all we'd have for our effort was a nice fat file on the auction, Ken's parents and mine stepped in and offered to loan us the balance for what was needed to make a competitive bid, and we sent in bids on the cars. In July, we paid our bill to Norfolk Southern and this unlikely group of four new private car owners: Ken, a transportation consultant, Wren a registered nurse, Renee, a patent examiner, and myself, an operating engineer, were the very proud owners of Norfolk Southern 34. Norfolk Southern 34 was first delivered in November 1914 to the Norfolk and Western by American Car and Foundry as dining car 1010, railroad class De. A major rebuilding and modernization in the first half of 1957 resulted in the current floorplan.
The N&W 101 (as our car was then known) remained a business car until 1977, last assigned to Harold Carter, vice president of N&W's eastern lines. Since 1988, we have done several hundred trips, and many special events and static displays.
As active members in AAPRCO (The private railroad car owners group), we regularly bring cars to annual conventions. For those interested in shorter trips, there are many opportunities to travel in the northeast, and weekend trips to Boston, Savannah, and Montreal are regular features on our excursion schedule. On a typical weekend excursion, a small group of 8-16 passengers travel aboard the Blue Ridge from New York City or Washington, DC.


Often, we are asked to set up charter trips for groups, political organizations, and sports fans attending events in faraway cities. We hope that you can visit us the next time you see one of our cars at your favorite train station, and that you will decide sometime soon to come riding with us.
It went out of style during the depression (there was never any time in history when this sort of accomodation was inexpensive).
Musina was withdrawn from Pullman lease in early 1950 but continued in B&O revenue service until October 1953. One open section had been removed to make room for an oil heating stove but beyond that the car appeared to have changed little since it was first built. We concentrated on larger railroads, feeling we would do better on a bid situation than on cars being sold by individuals. Not many bids had been received for NS 34 as it had been added late to the sale list, and we were the winning bidder. The first order of business was to collect all of the NS 34's records from the mechanical department. The diner was rebuilt into business car 101 (2nd) during the Depression year of 1934 at a cost of $40,123.20. In 1972, the car was given it's uncommonly smooth ride with the installation of six-wheel outside swing hanger trucks. In 1978 the car was assigned to Coyte Garner of the N&W Research and Tests Laboratory in Roanoke, and in 1979-80 the car was reconfigured as a dynamics test car for testing freight car components under actual service conditions.
Last year, the Blue Ridge and Imperial Sands, traveled to Nelson, BC on the longest single trip we have ever operated.
Typically, these trips are arranged using regular Amtrak service where possible, and the costs are highly variable depending on overall trip milage. With the coming of the Amtrak Era, private car ownership and usage has experienced a reniassance.
Ken made the wedding but spent the reception at the site of the derailment watching as a railroad crew cut huge chunks of brake rigging off one of the trucks in order to rerail the car. A British Columbia Railway steam excursion trip soon found me out on the open-platform of the last car on the train.
Some lending institutions were genuinely sorry that they couldn't help, most feeling that private cars was an unusual purchase, and citing a lack of lending experience in this area.
Renee, a civil engineer, carefully examined running gear, and mechanical details on what we considered our three top candidates: N&W business car 300, Altavista and NS research car 34.


Unfortunately for us, the purchasing department was planning to recommend to NS top management that our bid be rejected as too low. A 1941 floor plan of the car depicts a rather interesting car with open platform, observation lounge, two state rooms, servants room, and kitchen.
The trucks came from former Penn Central business car 1 when N&W swapped trucks between the cars. The freight service trip was railfan perfect; fairly slow with frequent stops to pick up and set out cars.
Our first major event of record was NJTransit's Hoboken Festival VII, where we gave over 5,000 on-board tours in one day, and christened the car in a traditional champagne ceremony. A trip to the West Coast can take more than two weeks, however the traveler is rewarded with rare and beautiful scenery,unlike anything to be seen in the east-- uncluttered by billboards and unhindered by congestion.
We do not include overnight hotel accomodation as part of the fare, but can assist passengers with their accomodations.
Classic Rail Cars owners Ken and Wren Bitten, and Kevin and Renee Luebke bought their first car in 1988. When they returned they discovered that the tape recorder had malfunctioned and the tape was nearly blank, and the roll of pictures they had taken had been ruined at the photo lab. Coyte Garner who informed us that almost all electrical and plumbing diagrams and maintenance records from the 1980 rebuilding had been destroyed in the flood of 1985.
A person interested in this type of travel might consider participating in an AAPRCO convention trip, as they are frequently staged to coordinate with events in the destination cities, and feature rare mileage, interesting intermediate destinations, and outstanding onboard cusine prepared by specially-selected world-class chefs.
Drawing on experience accumulated during his Chessie System days, he negotiated with NS, increasing the bid slightly, and in the end our offer was accepted.
Much of the historical information on our car has come through the courtesy of private car historian and author, Patrick O. Most frustrating of all was that the four of us had good jobs, above average incomes, excellent credit references and were debt free.



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