B&O No. 908

B&O No. 908 (HM2I9Q)

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N 39° 17.103', W 76° 37.984'

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“John T. Collinson”

Railroads built office cars for officials directors, stockholders, and other wealthy patrons as early as the 1840s. Used for right-of-way inspection trips and other business travel, these rolling offices provided an observation platform, lounge/office space, bedrooms with wash areas, dining room, and kitchen. Generally, officials traveled with a male secretary and small service crew. Originally a wooden office car, the B&O No. 908 received a steel underframe and sheathing in 1926. It was assigned to various B&O officials, including Chief Engineer (and later President) John T. Collinson.

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Private and office cars were frequently called "mansions on rails" because of their extravagant amenities. Many politicians, like Herbert Hoover, traveled the nation on their private office cars.


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· Served B&O officials for 50 years
· Built by Chicago & Alton Railroad Shops, c. 1917
· B&O Railroad Heavyweight Office Car
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HM NumberHM2I9Q
Series This marker is part of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) series
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Placed ByThe North American Railway Foundation
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Date Added Saturday, June 29th, 2019 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 359155 N 4349680
Decimal Degrees39.28505000, -76.63306667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 17.103', W 76° 37.984'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 17' 6.1800000000001" N, 76° 37' 59.04" W
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