Coach #905

Coach #905, Smoky Mountain Club; Central of Georgia #528: Southern #905: Norfolk Southern #960001

This car was built by the Pullman Company in 1923-1924 for the Central of Georgia Railroad as Coach 528. When new, it was the state of the art in heavy weight passenger cars and was assigned to deluxe passenger trains such as the Man-Of-War between Atlanta and Savanna, Ga. It was originally assigned to the Central of Georgia train Seminole. The seating was such that it could be used as a Jim Crow car.

 

After many years of regular passenger service, the car was assigned to steam excursion service. When the Southern RR bought the Central of Georgia RR the car was renumbered Southern #905. Because it was so solid and in such good condition, it was assigned to maintenance of way and work train service and renumbered Norfolk Southern #960001. The Norfolk Southern shops stripped the inside of all seats and baggage racks and converted it into a bunk car.