Southern Railway 1683: A Historic Pullman Heavyweight Coach at TVRM
Southern Railway 1683 is a heavyweight coach that boasts a storied history. Built in 1925 by the Pullman Company specifically for the Southern Railway, it originally featured 72 walkover seats, adjustable windows that could be opened, and a clerestory roof.
The car underwent significant modernization in 1948 by the Southern Railway. They added air conditioning and large washroom lounges, reduced the seating to 48 standard coach seats, and renumbered the coach to 1058. Despite these changes, distinctive features like the clerestory roof and adjustable windows were retained, setting it apart from sister car 1000, also part of TVRM’s collection.
The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum acquired the coach in 1968, where it quickly gained popularity among passengers. The adjustable windows allowed riders to enjoy a genuine experience reminiscent of the 1920s and 30s travel.
As of now, the 1683 coach, still bearing its original number, is stored out of service. Its unique features and rich history continue to make it an intriguing piece of railway heritage.
Car: Southern Railway 1683
Car Type: Coach
Operators: Southern Railway, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Builder: Pullman Company
Date Built: 1925
Number of Seats: 48
Paint Scheme: Colonial Red
Lettered: Tennessee Valley
Status: Stored Out of Service