Railroad Passenger and Baggage Cars

Pullman 1910 Norfolk & Western 1459
Pullman 1910
Norfolk & Western 1459

Equipment Information

N&W 1459 is an all-steel baggage car used on the N&W system in Virginia as a “storage mail” car. Cars like this were hauled in passenger trains and were used for carrying mail, express freight, and other less-than-car-load (LCL) shipments. This particular car has an unusual history. It was constructed as a parlor car named “Barneston” and used in service mostly on the Pennsylvania Railroad. In 1941, Pullman sold the car to the N&W, which rebuilt it as a coach. In 1947 it was rebuilt again as a baggage-coach car, or combine, and then in 1952 it was rebuilt yet again as a storage mail car, essentially a baggage car. It was retired in 1969.

Builder: Pullman/Pullman-Standard
Year Built: 1910
Length: 82ft
Width: 10ft 1in
Height: 14ft 1in
Weight: 147000 lbs
Brakes: UC
Trucks: ???
Description: Baggage/Storage/Mail
Arrived: 1994
Condition: Complete / cosmetically restored / not operational

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Norfolk & Western 1459 Ownership History

1910-1941 – Pullman “Barneston”
1941-1947 – Norfolk & Western 753
1947-1952 – Norfolk & Western 620
1952-1969 – Norfolk & Western 1459
1969-1994 – Monticello & Sangamon Valley, Monticello, Illinois
1994-present – Illinois Railway Museum, Union, Illinois

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