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Southern Railway 3164

This heavyweight dining car was built in 1924 by the Pullman Company for the Southern Railway. When first built, the car featured open windows, a clerestory roof, ornate fixtures reminiscent of the early 1920s, and two-person tables along one side and four-person tables along the other side.The car was later modernized, having the clerestory roof removed in favor of a simpler, rounded roof. They also added heating and air conditioning, sealed the windows, and altered the seating arrangement with four-person tables throughout. The car could be found on Southern Railway passenger trains, such as the “Carolina Special” and the “Tennessean.” On November 11, 1958, the car was knocked into the Southern Railway station in Knoxville, TN, where it wound up inside the building. The car was damaged in the accident, but was repaired and returned to service. The Southern Railway retired the car in 1970. The Southern Appalachia Railway Museum would acquire the car in 1996 and use it until 2017. The car is currently leased to TVRM, and can be found operating on the Dinner on the Diner and longer trips into Northwest Georgia.


Car: Southern Railway 3164

Car Type: Dining Car

Operators: Southern Railway, Southern Appalachia Railway Museum, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

Builder: Pullman Company

Date Built: 1924

Paint Scheme: Pullman Green

Lettered: Southern

Status: Operational