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B&O No. 908

“John T. Collinson”

 
 
B&O No. 908 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, June 29, 2019
1. B&O No. 908 Marker
Inscription.  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.

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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.

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Served B&O officials for 50 years
Built by Chicago & Alton Railroad Shops, c. 1917
B&O Railroad Heavyweight Office Car
 
Erected by The North American Railway Foundation.
 
Marker series.
B&O No. 908 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, June 29, 2019
2. B&O No. 908 Marker
This marker is included in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) marker series.
 
Location. 39° 17.103′ N, 76° 37.984′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from West Pratt Street east of South Schroeder Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 901 West Pratt Street, Baltimore MD 21223, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Commercial Railroad Right-of-Way in America (here, next to this marker); Luther G. Smith (within shouting distance of this marker); Camp Carroll (within shouting distance of this marker); Working for the Railroad: African Americans (within shouting distance of this marker); Working for the Railroad: Women (within shouting distance of this marker); B&O Railroad Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Main Line Electrification of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) 1895 (within shouting distance of this marker); CSX Corporation (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 81 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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