Dining with a side of Scenery

The #3200 Coach Car

This car was built in 1946 by ACF (American Car Foundry) for the Louisville & Nashville Railroad as a long distance coach on the Hummingbird route as car number 3200. Later, it was sold to the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad, where it operated in commuter service out of downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The car was then sold to the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society in the early 1980’s. During this time, it accumulated several thousand miles and passengers, behind restored steam locomotive #765. These trips operated all over the Midwest and Northeast. In 1994, the car was then sold to North Star Rail in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It operated trips all over the Midwest and Northeast behind restored steam locomotive #261. In 2005, the car was sold to Railroad Associates, where it operated in excursion service across the state of Michigan. In 2012, it was purchased by its current owners, Brian Collins and Bill Thomas for the Cincinnati Dinner Train.

Coach #3200 is obviously a sister car to our dining car #201. These two cars operated together as long distant coaches from 1946 until they were separated in 2008 when #201 was sold to the Cincinnati Dinner train and converted into a dining car. Coach #3200 rejoined #201 in 2012 but was decided to be kept as a long distance coach and not converted into a dining car like #201. In 2014 coach #3200 was used for two scenes in the movie “Carol” which was filmed in and around Cincinnati. The movie takes place in upstate New York in 1952 so coach #3200 being built in 1946 fit the time period perfectly.