In 1946, the Chesapeake & Ohio placed an enormous order for 284 streamlined passenger cars with Pullman-Standard. These cars, separate from the 46 cars ordered from Budd for the extravagant Chessie streamliner, were intended to replace virtually every piece of passenger-carrying rolling stock on the C&O. The number of cars reflected a strong, if unrealistic, expectation that passenger traffic would boom along the C&O in postwar America. Even before the cars were delivered, the order was pared back to 185 cars, with 38 others sold directly to other railroads.

The road's order for sleeping cars in particular had an interesting history, which I attempt to summarize here, chiefly to aid in modeling the cars. I have assembled these from a number of sources, starting with the material contained in James Kemper Millard's excellent Chesapeake & Ohio Streamliners - Second to None; Volume I: The Cars (1994, Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society, Inc.).

These notes cover the following series of sleepers:

 

10-6 Sleepers #2600-2655

Number Original Name Notes Disposition Current/Most Recently-Known Location
2600 City of Alexandria   Retired 1969, scrapped
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2601 City of Arlington Renamed City of Ronceverte in Jan. 1951 Retired 1967, scrapped
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2602 District of Columbia Renamed City of Montgomery in Jan. 1951 Retired 1969, scrapped
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2603 City of Mount Hope Sold to B&O in 1957, renamed Allegheny Retired 1971, sold
Sold to Amtrak, 1971; Sold in 1978 to Ringling Bros. Circus, car #148 Blue unit. Actively used through at least 1998.
2604 City of Charlottesville   Retired 1969, scrapped
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2605 Old Point Comfort   Retired 1969, scrapped
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2606 City of Newport News   Retired 1971, sold
Sold to Buckeye Insurance Co.; Later donated to Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, Memphis, Tenn.; No longer in collection roster- current status unknown.
2607 City of Pikeville   Retired 1969, scrapped
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2608 City of Williamsburg   Retired 1969, scrapped
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2609 City of Virginia Beach Renamed White Sulphur Springs in Jan. 1951 Retired 1970, sold
Sold to Iron Horse Restaurant, Steamboat Springs, Colo. - current whereabouts unknown, likely removed from property in late 1980s.
2610 Yorktowne   Retired 1967, scrapped
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2611 City of Richmond   Retired 1969, scrapped
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2612 City of Waynesboro   Retired 1971, preserved Sold to Nordson Corp, Amherst, Ohio 1972; Moved to Lorain & West Virginia Ry, Wellington, Ohio, 2015.
2613 City of Staunton   Retired 1970
Sold to Iron Horse Restaurant, Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Sold in late 1980s to American European Express and rebuilt with two "suites" and 8 double bedrooms as 800258 Washington.
2614 Virginia Hot Springs   Retired 1969, scrapped
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2615 White Sulphur Springs Sold to ACL, 1950 as its Halifax County Retired 1973, sold
Sold to Amtrak, 1973; To Servicio de Coches Dormitorios y Conexos (SCD) in Mexico, #743, Culiacan, 1982.
2616 City of Ronceverte Sold to ACL, 1950 as its Dillon County Retired 1972, sold To Lake Shore Chapter NRHS, Northeast, Penna. in the 1970s; No longer in collection roster.
2617 City of Beckley Sold to ACL, 1950 as its Bryan County Retired 1973, sold Sold to Amtrak, 1973; Retired 1975, scrapped.
2618 City of Alderson Sold to ACL, 1950 as its Volusia County Retired 1973, sold Sold to Amtrak, 1973. Sold to Auto Train in 1976 (#251), to Ringling Bros. #240, Monte Carlo Express unit in 1979. Retired in 1999.
2619 City of Montgomery Sold 1950 to Illinois Central as its #3520 Corinth Retired 1970 by IC, sold
Sold to Edwards Internation; Sold to Ferrocarril Sonora–Baja California (Mexico) as #5018 Benjamin Hill.
2620 City of Charleston Sold 1950 to Illinois Central as its #3522 Crystal Springs Retired 1970 by IC, sold
Sold to SW Car parts, presumably scrapped.
2621 City of St. Albans   Retired 1969, scrapped
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2622 City of Huntington   Retired 1969, scrapped
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2623 City of Kenova Renamed City of Marion in Jan. 1951 Retired 1969, scrapped
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2624 City of Ashland   Retired 1971, sold Sold to Green & Sawyer Construction, Lima, Ohio; Sold to trio of private owners in early 1990s. Donated to the Steam Railroading Institute in 2003. Now crew accommodations, Steam Railroading Institute, Owosso, Michigan.
2625 City of Lexington   Retired 1969, scrapped
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2626 Town of Thurmond   Retired 1969, scrapped
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2627 City of Frankfort   Retired 1969, scrapped
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2628 City of Lynchburg   Retired 1969, sold Sold to Ringling Bros. circus. No additional information has been found.
2629 City of Maysville   Retired 1969, scrapped
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2630 City of Newport   Retired 1971, scrapped
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2631 City of Covington   Retired 1969, scrapped
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2632 City of Portsmouth   Retired 1971, sold Sold to Servicio de Coches Dormitorios y Conexos (SCD) in Mexico, #638 Extremaduro.
2633 City of Plymouth Renamed City of Alderson in Jan. 1951 Retired 1969, scrapped
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2634 City of Hinton   Retired 1969, scrapped
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2635 Town of Prince Sold to B&O in 1957, renamed Cuyahoga Retired 1971, sold
Sold 1971 to unknown buyer.
2636 City of Grand Rapids   Retired 1970, sold Sold to Iron Horse Restaurant, Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Sold in 1989 to American European Express as #800256 but never run. Used as a parts source for other cars.
2637 City of Hampton   Retired 1969, scrapped
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2638 City of Clifton Forge   Retired 1969, scrapped
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2639 City of Flint Renamed City of Logan in Jan. 1951 Retired 1969, scrapped
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2640 City of Saginaw Renamed City of Beckley in Jan. 1951 Retired 1971, donated Donated to B&O Museum; Heavily vandalized while in storage and scrapped.
2641 City of Ludington Renamed City of Charleston in Jan. 1951 Retired 1971, sold Sold to Green & Sawyer Construction, Lima, Ohio; Sold in 1988 to Jim Corbett, Parkersburg, West Virginia.
2642 Traverse City   Retired 1969, scrapped
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2643 City of Muskegon Sold to B&O in 1950, renamed Schuylkill Retired 1971, damaged by fire and scrapped.
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2644 Bay City   Retired 1969, scrapped
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2645 City of Midland Renamed City of Fostoria in Jan. 1951 Retired 1969, scrapped
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2646 City of Phoebus   Retired 1969, scrapped
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2647 City of Fostoria Sold 1950 to Illinois Central as its #3515 Chebanse Retired 1971 by IC, sold Sold to Ferrocarril del Pacífico (Mexico) as their #274, Lago Tequesquitengo
2648 City of Marion Sold 1950 to Illinois Central as its #3517 Clifton Retired 1971 by IC, sold Sold to Butterworth Tours, Moline, Illinois
2649 City of Logan Sold 1950 to Illinois Central as its #3515 Clarksdale Retired 1971 by IC, sold Sold to Ferrocarril Sonora–Baja California (Mexico) as their #5021, Mexicali
2650 City of Petoskey Sold 1950 to Illinois Central as its #3519 Coles County Retired 1971 by IC, sold Sold to Ferrocarril del Pacífico (Mexico) as their #276, Lago Cuitzeo
2651 City of Benton Harbor Sold 1950 to Illinois Central as its #3518 Cobden Retired 1971 by IC, sold Sold to Ferrocarril Sonora–Baja California (Mexico) as their #5022, Puerto Penasco
2652 City of St. Joseph Sold 1950 to Illinois Central as its #3511 Calvert Retired 1971 by IC, sold Sold to Ferrocarril del Pacífico (Mexico) as their #277, Lago Yuriria
2653 City of Holland   Retired 1969, scrapped
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2654 City of Winchester   Retired 1969, scrapped
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2655 City of Athens Renamed City of Petoskey in Jan. 1951; Sold to B&O in 1957, renamed Shenandoah Retired 1971, sold Sold to private party. Acquired by C&OHS and displayed at Clifton Forge, Virginia.

 

11 Double Bedroom Sleepers #2800-2804

Number Original Name Notes Disposition Current/Most Recently-Known Location
2800 Homestead   Sold 1970 to Hamburg Industries (SCL) #6610
Sold to Amtrak #2242, 1971; To Genesee & Wyoming RR Nightcall of the Genesee in 1983; To Rail Ventures Bella Vista, Oakland , Calif., 1987; To American Orient Express and rebuilt as 9DB sleeper 8000218 Portland for American Railway Explorer. Renamed Bryce Canyon and moved to Grand Canyon Railway.
2801 Monticello   Sold 1969 to Hamburg Industries (SCL) #6107
Sold to Amtrak #2240, 1971; To Auto Train Corp #250 in 1976; Sold to Anbel Corp in 1981.
2802 Natural Bridge   Sold 1969 to Hamburg Industries (SCL) #6108
Sold to Amtrak #2241, 1971; To Auto Train Corp #253 in 1976; Sold to Anbel Corp in 1981 in Amtrak paint.
2803 Mount Vernon   Sold 1970 to Hamburg Industries (SCL) #6111
Sold to Amtrak #2243, 1971; Wrecked 1973 and sold to Ampol Wrecking, scrapped.
2804 Greenbrier   Sold 1969 to Hamburg Industries (SCL) #6109
Wrecked 1970, scrapped.

 

5 Double Bedroom - Tavern Lounge-Observation #2500-2507

Number Original Name Notes Disposition Current/Most Recently-Known Location
2500 Blue Ridge Club Converted to diner-dormitory #1923 in 1962 Sold 1971
Sold to Amtrak #8200, 1971; Sold to Rod Basich, 1981; Sold 1987 to Ed Boyce; Sold 1988 to Black-Wong Railcar Leasing as Cascade Ridge; Renamed to Greenbrier Club
2501 Shenandoah Club Sold to B&O in 1951, renamed #7502 Dana Sold 1971
Sold to Amtrak #3251; Wrecked and scrapped, 1973.
2502 Tidewater Club Sold to B&O in 1951, renamed #7500 Napannee Sold 1968
Sold to Long Island Railroad #2000 Amagansett, 1971; Converted to inspection car #2000 Morris Park.
2503 Alleghany Club Converted to diner-dormitory #1925 in 1962 Sold 1971 Sold to Amtrak #8202; Wrecked and scrapped, 1976.
2504 New River Club Converted to office car Chessie 29 in 1951 Sold 1971
Sold 1971 to Wildwood Center, Pittsburgh, Penna.; Sold later to Burrell Construction & Supply, Kensington, Penna.; Donated to C&OHS in 2019, now at C&O Heritage Center, Clifton Forge, Virginia.
2505 Ohio River Club Sold to B&O in 1951, renamed #7503 Metcalf Sold 1971 Sold to Amtrak #3252; Sold to International Travel Guild, San Francisco, 1977; Sold in 1987 to Rod Basich and John Kirkland as Henry J. Adams. To private owner at unknown date and renamed Ohio River Club.
2506 Bluegrass Club Converted to diner-dormitory #1924 in 1962 Sold 1971 Sold to Amtrak #8201; Sold to Chuck LaBow, 1981; Sold 1985 to Southeast & Northern RR, Miami, Fla. as Cornelia.
2507 Wolverine Club Sold to B&O in 1951, renamed #7501 Wawasee Sold 1971 To Amtrak #3250. Sold to Inter-American Rail Tours as San Diego Club. Sold to Genesee & Wyoming Co. in 1982 as #3250 Pride of the Genesee. Sold again in 1990 to John Kirkland and converted to 3 double bedroom dormitory lounge Monterey for American Orient Express. To Greenbrier Presidential Express in Jan 2011, sold in 2014 to Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, then sold again to Iowa Pacific Holdings as SLRG #3312 Adirondack Club. Current status unknown.