Baggage No. 152
Acquired from Amtrak in 2019
Ongoing maintenance to be donated by the Dover & Rockaway River Railroad
Ongoing storage to be donated by Holland Manufacturing
Baggage No. 152 was built by the Pullman-Standard Company in 1957 as Atlantic Coast Line (ACL) No. 152. It was the only car built in this order, as it was a replacement for the ACL’s wrecked No. 151. The shell of the car was delivered in “kit” form to the ACL’s Rocky Mount, NC shops, which completed assembly of the car (and constructed the interior themselves) in 1959. It is 82’2” long and features 8 foot and 6 foot wide doors on each side, spaced 20’4” away from the ends of the car. The car was originally built with “fish racks,” which were wooden racks designed to hold baggage and boxes off the floor. Fish racks got their names from the days when fish was carried on shelves in ice-laden insulated railcars to keep it dry from any melted ice on the floor.
The car is unique in that, unlike most post-war Pullman-Standard passenger cars with steel superstructures under a stainless steel skin, the No. 152 was one of very few Pullman-Standard cars built with a stainless steel superstructure. While most surviving Pullman-Standard cars from this era suffer from internal rust issues, the No. 152 is in impeccable structural shape.
The car saw service on the ACL’s South Wind until the Seaboard Coast Line (SCL) merger of 1967. The car became SCL No. 5002. In 1971, the car was conveyed to Amtrak, along with all of the SCL’s passenger operations, and it became Amtrak No. 1071. It was rebuilt in the early 1980s with head-end power (HEP) instead of its original steam heat, and was renumbered to Amtrak No. 1132. The car saw service all over the Amtrak system throughout the continental United States. It was taken out of service and stored at Amtrak’s Beech Grove, Indiana shop facility in February of 2012.
In April of 2019, Operation Toy Train acquired this car from Amtrak to provide a space for volunteer crews to sort and stow toys while the train is en-route between its collection stops. CSX Transportation and the New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway will be donating the movement of the car from Indiana to New Jersey. Storage for the car throughout the year will be donated by the Dover & Rockaway River Railroad (DRRV) and the Holland Manufacturing Company of Succasunna, New Jersey.
Operation Toy Train is currently fundraising to restore the car back to its original Atlantic Coast Line colors to recognize its unique history. Once restored, the car will be used on Operation Toy Train’s annual Toys for Tots collection trains for additional volunteer capacity. Operation Toy Train is currently soliciting donations for this cause - to donate, please click the link below.