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.

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.

· Served B&O officials for 50 years
· Built by Chicago & Alton Railroad Shops, c. 1917
· B&O Railroad Heavyweight Office Car
HM NumberHM2I9Q
Series This marker is part of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) series
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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