B&O Business Car in Camden Station  Contributor's Pick!       
There were several business cars in Camden Station that day. See comments below.
Date: 1/19/1969 Location: Baltimore, MD   Map Show Baltimore on a rail map Views: 2961 Collection Of:   Marty Bernard
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B&O Business Car in Camden Station
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Bill Howes General Car is actually former CB&Q business car #92 (ex-PV "Black Hawk" built by Pullman in 1902 for Charles E. Perkins, chairman of the Burlington) acquired by Bill Howes and David Stare in 1966. Subsequently sold and now resides at Main Street Station Casino in Los Vegas, NV. 10/17/2010 5:15:07 PM
Marty Bernard General Bill, here is a shot of the Q's Blackhawk as I know her. http://railfan44.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1357924 The car is now at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum with it's original name, Robert Peary. I've ridden in it. See: http://www.sdrm.org/roster/passenger/peary/index.html The Burlington Railroad Historical Society's roster shows this Blackhawk but no Black Hawk. It's now at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum with it's original name, Robert Peary. I've been in it. See: http://www.sdrm.org/roster/passenger/peary/index.html So, what is happening here? 10/17/2010 9:14:18 PM
Marty Bernard General Hi Marty, We are dealing with two different cars. The "Black Hawk" that I acquired from the Burlington in 1966 was a wood car built by Pullman in 1902 (delivered in 1903) for Charles Elliott Perkins, former president (and then a director) of the CB&Q. Upon Perkins' death in 1907, the car was sold to the Burlington. It underwent various re-buildings by the Burlington and Pullman, including some interior modifications and installation of a steel underframe and side sheathing, electric lighting and air-conditioning. At times it carried the name "Burlington" and other times it was simply numbered "92". It was often assigned to the Q's president. The car was retired in 1965 or early 1966. Throughout, it retained its beautiful wood interior with the elaborate inlays typical of Pullman private cars of the turn-of-the-century. The car was in operating condition when I got it and we ran it on B&O, C&O and Western Maryland until I sold it in 1975. It has had several subsequent owners. 10/18/2010 10:56:05 AM
Marty Bernard General This is a continuation of Bill's note to me above. ..... At the same time the Burlington was selling Car 92, it was also selling (at a much higher price) its then-current "Blackhawk", the former Robert Peary. This, of course, was an all-steel car. The Burlington Historical Society published a "Bulletin" several years ago with a story by Hol Wagner covering both cars as well as the rest of the Q's business car fleet. By the way, I enjoyed your other photos of B&O and C&O passenger trains and equipment. Regards, Bill Howes 10/18/2010 10:59:42 AM
Marty Bernard General Another note from Boll Howes. .... At the time, we kept most of the cars assigned to Baltimore officers at Washington. However, we deadheaded the C&O 15 (assigned to E.T. Rucker, AVP Transportation) from Washington to Baltimore on 1/17/69, and the C&O 7 (W.K. Weaver, General Manager Operations) along with private car "Quick Step" on 1/18/69. I believe this was due to a need to clear space at Washington Union Station for the presidential inauguration of Richard Nixon 1/20/69. The "Quick Step" moved back to Washington 1/21/69 for further in-service movement that same day on the George Washington to Cincinnati. C&O business cars 15, 7 and 2 (C.V. Cowan, VP Operations; a car generally kept in Baltimore) deadheaded 1/22/69 to Washington for occupied movement that evening on B&O Train 7, the Shenandoah, to Pittsburgh. 10/18/2010 6:09:47 PM

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