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Equipment Roster of the Chessie Safety Express - Season One - 1980
(Also of the Family Lines' Safety Express in early 1981)

 
 
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This list is a work-in-progress -- and probably always will be. Any additions or corrections, please email.
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LOCOMOTIVE
LOCOMOTIVE NOTES 1980
Chessie Safety Express 614

Steam Locomotive 614. The Chessie Safety Express was pulled by former Chesapeake & Ohio steam locomotive 614, the last and perhaps the most advanced main-line steam locomotive ever built by a major American manufacturer.

Chessie Safety Express 614A

Water Tender #614A. Former Louisville & Nashville diesel fuel tender 40973. Originally a Louisville & Nashville M-1 Berkshire tender, of which SLCA had acquired several. If you know more of the tender's history, please email.

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CARS
CAR NOTES 1980
PC-100
CSE (Season One) Power Car #PC-100 was also used as PC-100 for both Season One and Season Two of the Chessie Steam Special. The car was former C&O Power Car 100, originally C&O express car 209, built in 1937 by St. Louis Car Co. It was rebuilt into a power car in 1947. The car was used to provide electricity to the train between trips. As such, it would likely only be seen in the consist on one-way ferry trips.
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CSE (S1) Dormitory Car #101 was former Steam Locomotive Corp. of America Roanoke, rebuilt in 1980 from Railroad Passenger Cars, Inc. 56-seat coach 3509, which was rebuilt B&O 52-seat coach 3574, built in 1947 at Mt. Clare for the B&O Cincinnatian as 3574 Avondale from a coach built in 1924 by Pullman.
Chessie Safety Express 614A
CSE (S1) Tool Car #1 was former SLCA CONNEAUT, ex-Lee Smith owned shop/dorm 369 CONNEAUT, exx-Sam Freeman owned 369 CONNEAUT, exxx-HICO 5 CONNEAUT, rebuilt from N&W baggage-RPO 1241, exx-Wabash 450, rebuilt in 1963 from 26-seat coach-bag 609. Built by ACF in 1925.
Chessie Safety Express 614A
CSE (S1) Baggage-Coach Car #2 was Chessie Steam Special #9 in the 1977 season and CSS #2 in the 1978 season. The car was reconfigured over the winter of 1977-78. Former Delaware & Hudson concessions car #56 "Town of Stillwater", rebuilt in 1973 from D&H railway post office-baggage car 56. . The car was former Denver & Rio Grande Western railway post office-baggage car #1200 built by Pullman Standard in 1950 as part of a C&O order, but redirected to D&RGW.
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CSE (S1) Coach Car #3 belonged to the Clinchfield. The 32-seat open window coach was used for first aid and PA. Ex-Clinchfield (CRR) 106, exx-Georgia Railroad 75, exxx-Lehigh Valley coach.
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CSE (S1) Coach Car #4 belonged to the Clinchfield. The 56-seat open window car was ex-CRR 107, exx-L&N 2590, nee NC&StL 1101.
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CSE (S1) Coach Car #5 belonged to the Clinchfield. The 48-seat open window car was CRR 110, former L&N 2576. Built by ACF in 1927.

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CSE (S1) Coach Car #6 belonged to the Clinchfield. The 56-seat open window car was CRR 102, ex-L&N 2589, exx-L&N 1100, exxx-Nashville, Chattanooga &St. Louis coach-dinette 1100, modernized in 1947 from NC&StL 731, former Pullman parlor Loudonville, built by Pullman.

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CSE (S1) Coach Car #7 belonged to the Clinchfield. The 64-seat open window car was CRR 104, SCL 822, SAL 822. Built by ACF in 1926.
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CSE (S1) Coach Car #8 belonged to the Clinchfield. The 56-seat open window car was CRR 111, ex-L&N 2586.
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CSE (S1) Concessions Car #9 was Chessie Steam Special #11 in the 1978 season of that train. The car belonged to Steam Special Souvenirs Ltd.
The car was lettered "E.M. Frimbo", in the style of the famed New Yorker Magazine writer's own signature. The car was rebuilt in 1978 from Railroad Passenger Cars, Inc. 38-seat coach/food-bar #3004. Ex-B&O, rebuilt in 1967 from B&O 42-seat coach 3580. Originally built in 1948 by B&O Mt. Clare (may have been rebuilt from an earlier B&O heavyweight, according to researcher
Alexander D. Mitchell IV. As on the CSS, this car was positioned mid-train to offer snacks and souvenirs to passengers.
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CSE (S1) Coach Car #10 belonged to Passenger Car Corp. of America as their 7235, a 72-seat air conditioned coach. Ex-CR/PC/PRR 1676, rebuilt by PRR with a/c in 1950 from PRR 1875. Built by ACF in 1909. This was easily the oldest car on the train.
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CSE (S1) Coach Car #11 belonged to Passenger Car Corp. of America as their 7234, a 72-seat air conditioned coach. Ex-CR/PC/PRR 1733, rebuilt in 1950 from PRR coach.
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CSE (S1) Coach Car #16 belonged to Passenger Car Corp. of America as their 7252, a 72-seat air conditioned coach. Ex-CR/PC/PRR 1678, rebuilt in 1950 from PRR 3461. Built by Standard Steel Car in 1928.
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CSE (S1) Coach Car #13 belonged to Passenger Car Corp. of America as their 7250, a 72-seat air conditioned coach. Ex-Conrail/PC/PRR 1700, exx-PRR 3684. Built by Pullman in 1926.
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CSE (S1) Coach Car #14 belonged to Passenger Car Corp. of America as their 7281, a 72-seat air conditioned coach. Ex-CR/PC/PRR 1704, rebuilt with a/c in 1950 from PRR 3309. Built by Standard Steel Car in 1926.
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CSE (S1) Coach Car #15 belonged to Passenger Car Corp. of America as their 7283, a 72-seat air conditioned coach. Ex-CR/PC/PRR 1711, rebuilt in 1950 from PRR 3324. Built by Standard Steel Car in 1926.
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CSE (S1) Coach Car #16 belonged to Passenger Car Corp. of America as their 6001, a 60-seat air conditioned coach. Ex-RRP 3503, B&O 3587. Built by Pullman in 1930. The car is currently at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore.
Chessie Safety Express 18
CSE (S1) Safety Center & First Class Kitchen Car #17 held the Grade Grossing Safety Exhibit where passengers learned about Operation Lifesaver. It also held a galley for First Class. Owned by the B&O. Ex- B&O safety car CSC-5, exx-West Viginia Railroad Maintenance Authority WVRMA 89533, exxx-US Army 89533 built by St. Louis Car in 1952.

Chessie Safety Express 18

CSE (S1) Parlor Car #18 was Chessie Steam Special #20 in the 1978 season of that train, and #17 in the 1977 season. The car was High Iron Company #2936. Formerly the 26-seat car was ex- Delaware & Hudson 2936, exx- Indiana Railway Museum, 2936, exxx- Penn Central 2936, exxxx- New York Central 2936 built by Budd as a coach in 1947 and converted to a parlor car in 1977.
Chessie Safety Express 19 CSE (Season One) Observation Car #19 was Railroad Passenger Car, Inc. obs-buffet-lounge 3302 "Edward G. Hooper," ex-Baltimore Chapter NRHS 3302, exx-B&O 3302, exxx- B&O 80-seat coach 5234 built in 1923 by Pullman. Now in the collection of the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore.
 
 
Equipment Roster of the Chessie Safety Express - Season Two - 1981
 
 
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This list is a work-in-progress -- and probably always will be. Any additions or corrections, please email.
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LOCOMOTIVE
LOCOMOTIVE NOTES 1981
Chessie Safety Express 614

For the Second Season (S2) of the CSE, Steam Locomotive 614 returned to pull the train. See more detail under Season One above.

Chessie Safety Express 614A

For the Second Season (S2) of the CSE, Water Tender #614A again went along for the ride. See above.

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CARS
CAR NOTES 1981
PC-100
CSE (Season Two) Power Car #PC-100 was also used as PC-100 for CSE Season One, and both Season One and Season Two of the Chessie Steam Special. The car was former C&O Power Car 100, originally C&O express car 209, built in 1937 by St. Louis Car Co. It was rebuilt into a power car in 1947. The car was used to provide electricity to the train between trips. As such, it would likely only be seen in the consist on one-way ferry trips.
Chessie Safety Express 614A
CSE (S2) Dormitory Car #101 was former Steam Locomotive Corp. of America ROANOKE, rebuilt in 1980 from Railroad Passenger Cars, Inc. 56-seat coach 3509, which was rebuilt B&O 52-seat coach 3574, built in 1947 at Mt. Clare for the B&O Cincinnatian as 3574 AVONDALE from a coach built in 1924 by Pullman.
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CSE (S2) Dormitory Car #102 was Chessie Steam Special #101 in the 1978 season of that train. The car belonged to NY-RRE as their 4 double bedroom/lounge Eugene Field, exx-Nord Photo Engineering 4DBR/sales office/photo processing lab Silver Messenger, exxx-Frisco 14-roommette/4DBR 1456 Eugene Field. Built in 11948 by Pullman Standard.
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CSE (S2) Tool Car #1 was CSE (S1) #1 in 1980. The car was former SLCA CONNEAUT, ex-Lee Smith owned shop/dorm 369 CONNEAUT, exx-Sam Freeman owned 369 CONNEAUT, exxx-HICO 5 CONNEAUT, rebuilt from N&W baggage-RPO 1241, exx-Wabash 450, rebuilt in 1963 from 26-seat coach-bag 609. Built by ACF in 1925.
Chessie Safety Express 614A
CSE (S2) Storage & Tape Recording Car #2 was CSE (S1) #2 in 1980. Owned by the B&O. The car was Chessie Steam Special (S1) #9 in the 1977 season and CSS (S2) #2 in the 1978 season. The car was reconfigured over the winter of 1977-78. Former Delaware & Hudson concessions car #56 TOWN OF STILLWATER, rebuilt in 1973 from D&H railway post office-baggage car 56. The car was former Denver & Rio Grande Western railway post office-baggage car #1200 built by Pullman Standard in 1950 as part of a C&O order, but redirected to D&RGW.
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CSE (S2) 32-Seat Open Window Coach Car #3, First Aid & P/A Room was CSE (S1) #3 in 1980. The car belonged to the Clinchfield. The 32-seat open window coach was used for a first aid station and had a PA room. Ex-Clinchfield (CRR) 106, exx-Georgia Railroad 75, exxx-Lehigh Valley coach.
Chessie Safety Express 614A
CSE (S2) 56-Seat Open Window Coach Car #4 was CSE (S1) #4 in 1980. The car belonged to the Clinchfield. The 56-seat open window car was ex-CRR 107, exx-L&N 2590, nee-NC&StL 1101.
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CSE (S2) 48-Seat Open Window Coach Car #5 was CSE (S1) #5 in 1980. The car belonged to the Clinchfield. The 48-seat open window car was CRR 110, former L&N 2576. Built by ACF in 1927.

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CSE (S2) 56-Seat Open Window Coach Car #6 was CSE (S1) #6 in 1980. The car belonged to the Clinchfield. The 56-seat open window car was CRR 102, ex-L&N 2589, exx-L&N 1100, exxx-NC&StL coach-dinette 1100, modernized in 1947 from NC&StL 731, former Pullman parlor Loudonville, built by Pullman.

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CSE (S2) 64-Seat Open Window Coach Car #7 was CSE (S1) #7 in 1980. The car belonged to the Clinchfield. The 64-seat open window car was CRR 104, SCL 822, SAL 822. Built by ACF in 1926.
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CSE (S2) 56-Seat Open Window Coach Car #8 was CSE (S1) #8. The car belonged to the Clinchfield. The 56-seat open window car was CRR 111, ex-L&N 2586.
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CSE (S2) 48-Seat Open Window Coach Car #9 belonged to the Kentucky Railway Museum. The 48-seat open window car was Kentucky Railway Museum 109, ex- CRR 109, exx-L&N 2572. Built by ACF in 1927.
Chessie Safety Express 614A
CSE (S2) Snack-Souvenir Car #10 was CSE (S1) #9 and was Chessie Steam Special #11 in the second season (1978) of that train. The car belonged to Steam Special Souvenirs Ltd. The car was lettered "E.M. Frimbo", in the style of the famed New Yorker Magazine writer's own signature. The car was rebuilt in 1978 from Railroad Passenger Cars, Inc. 38-seat coach/food-bar #3004. Ex-B&O, rebuilt in 1967 from B&O 42-seat coach 3580. Originally built in 1948 by B&O Mt. Clare from an older coach.
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CSE (S2) 72-Seat Air-Conditioned Coach Car #11 was CSE (S1) #13. The car belonged to Passenger Car Corp. of America as their 7250, a 72-seat air conditioned coach. Ex-Conrail 1700, exx-PRR 3684. Built by Pullman in 1926.
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CSE (S2) 60-Seat Air-Conditioned Coach Car #12 was CSE (S1) #16 in 1980. The car belonged to Passenger Car Corp. of America as their 6001, a 60-seat air conditioned coach. Ex-RRP 3503, exx-B&O 3587. Built by Pullman in 1930. The car is currently at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore.
Chessie Safety Express 614A
CSE (S2) 72-Seat Air-Conditioned Coach Car #13 was CSE (S1) #10 in 1980. The car belonged to Passenger Car Corp. of America as their 7235, a 72-seat air conditioned coach. Ex-CR/PC/PRR 1676, rebuilt by PRR with a/c in 1950 from PRR 1875. Built by ACF in 1909. This was easily the oldest car on the train. After the CSE it was renumbered 113.
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CSE (S2) 72-Seat Air-Conditioned Coach Car #14 was CSE (S1) #14 in 1980. The car belonged to Passenger Car Corp. of America as their 7281, a 72-seat air conditioned coach. Ex-CR/PC/PRR 1704, rebuilt with a/c in 1950 from PRR 3309. Built by Standard Steel Car in 1926.
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CSE (S2) 72-Seat Air-Conditioned Coach Car #15 was CSE (S1) #15 in 1980. The car belonged to Passenger Car Corp. of America as their 7283, a 72-seat air conditioned coach. Ex-CR/PC/PRR 1711, rebuilt in 1950 from PRR 3324. Built by Standard Steel Car in 1926.
Are your eyes glazing over yet? -- YES, Alexander, thank you for asking.
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CSE (S2) 72-Seat Air-Conditioned Coach Car #16 was CSE (S1) #12. The car belonged to Passenger Car Corp. of America as their 7252, a 72-seat air conditioned coach. Ex-CR/PC/PRR 1678, rebuilt in 1950 from PRR 3461. Built by Standard Steel Car in 1928.
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CSE (S2) 68-Seat Air-Conditioned Coach Car #17. Owned by the B&O. Former 68-seat B&O 3528, rebuilt in 1947 at Mt. Clare from coach 5213. Built in 1923 by Pullman. Now in the collection of the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore.
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CSE (S2) Open Air Sightseeing Car #18 belonged to Passenger Car Corp of America. Ex-PCCA 7200, converted in 1980 from ex-RRP 83-coach 8303, ex-Tumin coach, exx-MTA/LIRR 2184, rebuilt from EL 68-seat 1314, former DL&W 314 for Phoebe Snow. Built by ACF in 1949.
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CSE (S2) Safety Center & First Class Kitchen Car #19 held the Grade Grossing Safety Exhibit where passengers learned about Operation Lifesaver. It also held a galley for First Class. It was CSE (S1) #17 in 1980. Owned by the B&O. Ex- B&O safety car CSC-5, exx-West Viginia Railroad Maintenance Authority WVRMA 89533, exxx-US Army 89533 built by St. Louis Car in 1952.
Chessie Safety Express 614A
CSE (S2) Full-Length Dome-Lounge #20 was a full dome with dining area. The car belonged to Railway Exposition (W.F. Sprague & T.B. McOwen) as dome-lounge 382. Ex-Amtrak 9382, exx-MILW 58 built by Pullman-Standard in 1952.
Chessie Safety Express 614A
CSE (S2) 27-Seat Parlor Car #21 was CSE (S1) #18 in 1980, Chessie Steam Special #20 in the 1978 season of that train, and CSS #17 in the 1977 season. The car was High Iron Company #2936. Formerly the 26-seat car was ex- Delaware & Hudson 2936, exx- Indiana Railway Museum 2936, exxx- Penn Central 2936, exxxx- New York Central 2936 built by Budd as a coach in 1947 and converted to a parlor car in 1977.
Chessie Safety Express 614A
CSE (S2) Observation-Lounge Car #22 was CSE (S1) #19 in 1980. The car was Railroad Passenger Car, Inc. obs-buffet-lounge 3302 "Edward G. Hooper," ex-Baltimore Chapter NRHS 3302, exx-B&O 3302, exxx- B&O 80-seat coach 5234 built in 1923 by Pullman. Now in the collection of the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore.
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Acknowledgments
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Research resources include: Alexander D. Mitchell IV, Aaron W. Farmer, Bob Rathke, Allan Bluman, Keith Muldowney, Mary Jayne & John Z. Rowe, Ross Rowland, John Lewis, Stephen Hart, Kevin P. Keefe, William F. Howes, Jr, Thomas W. Dixon, Jr., Dr. Eugene L. Huddleston, Art Million, Roy Gabriel, W. David Randall, C&O Historical Society, Jerry LaBoda's Passenger Car Photo Index. Many thanks to all who have contributed to keeping track of the histories of the equipment of the 1977-1978 Chessie Steam Special!
 
 
 
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