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The Car That Carried Ike on His Last Trip

C&O Baggage-Express Car No. 314 built by Pullman Car and Mfg. Co., 1929

 
 
The Car That Carried Ike on His Last Trip Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 12, 2017
1. The Car That Carried Ike on His Last Trip Marker
Inscription.
On the evening of March 31, 1969, America’s last Presidential funeral train-that of Dwight D. Eisenhower-rolled sadly out of Washington on its way to Abilene, Kansas. Its ten-car consist was undecorated in any way, and near its front, the body of the military hero and former President rode in this ordinary baggage car. It was the way any common soldier would have gone home for burial—and the way “Ike” wanted it to be.

The car chosen had served C&O for 40 years before. Built for the boom passenger traffic of the late 1920’s, No. 314 was very typical of the heavyweight cars which carried checked baggage, express shipments and bulk mail at the head of passenger trains. Aside from minor interior modifications and a new paint job in the early 1950’s to match C&O’s newly-delivered streamlined cars, it is essentially original.

This car is displayed today exactly as it appeared when it took Ike home for the last time.
 
Location. 39° 17.117′ N, 76° 37.849′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Touch for map. The marker is on the grounds of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum near the west end of the parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 901 W Pratt Street, Baltimore MD 21223, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are

C&O Baggage-Express Car No. 314 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 12, 2017
2. C&O Baggage-Express Car No. 314
within walking distance of this marker. The Chessie's Famous "Big Mike" (within shouting distance of this marker); The National Road (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Railroads Eclipse a National Road (about 300 feet away); Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (about 400 feet away); Irish Railroad Workers Shrine (about 700 feet away); Walters Public Bath House No. 2 (approx. 0.2 miles away); James L. (Jim) Caskey, Jr. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Brig. General Lewis A. Armistead (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Categories. PoliticsRailroads & Streetcars
 
Locomotive 1-American Freedom Train image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 12, 2017
3. Locomotive 1-American Freedom Train
Baltimore and Annapolis Railroad Car image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 12, 2017
4. Baltimore and Annapolis Railroad Car
B&O Railroad Crane image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 12, 2017
5. B&O Railroad Crane
Mount Claire-B&O Railroad Museum building image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 12, 2017
6. Mount Claire-B&O Railroad Museum building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 15, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 131 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 15, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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