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Southern Railway 832: A Vintage Coach’s Revival in 2023

The world of trains and railways is abuzz with innovations and restorations. While the spotlight often shines on the powerful locomotives, it’s essential to remember the heart and soul of the railway experience: the coaches. One such coach, the Southern Railway 832, is undergoing a significant transformation this year, promising passengers an enhanced journey reminiscent of its golden days.

A Fresh Look for a Classic Coach

The Southern Railway 832 isn’t just any coach; it’s a piece of history. This year, it’s getting the attention it truly deserves. The interiors are being revamped with a fresh coat of paint, giving it a renewed and vibrant look. But that’s not all. The coach is also getting a brand-new floor. Over the years, the window gaskets had deteriorated, leading to water seepage that damaged the subfloor. With the installation of new gaskets and flooring, this issue is being addressed, ensuring a comfortable and safe experience for all future passengers.

A Glimpse into the Past: The Legacy of Southern Railway 832

Constructed by the renowned Budd Company in 1949, the Southern Railway 832 is no ordinary coach. Designed specifically for the Southern Railway, this 52-seat lightweight coach has seen the world from the best routes. It has been a part of some of the most prestigious trains, including The Southerner, The Tennessean, The Royal Palm, and The Crescent. Each journey on these trains was a testament to luxury, comfort, and the golden era of rail travel.

Chattanooga Journeys: Reliving the Magic

For those eager to experience the charm of the Southern Railway 832, there’s good news. Throughout the year, this vintage coach operates on several Chattanooga-based journeys. Whether it’s the scenic beauty of the Missionary Ridge Local, the historic charm of the Summerville Steam Special, or the festive spirit of the North Pole Limited, passengers can look forward to a memorable ride.

Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting journey, as we bring Southern Railway 832 back to its full glory!

Content and photos by Ryan Miller (@backshopboss on Instagram)