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Altoona in Blair County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

PRR Class D78F Dining Car No. 4468

 
 
PRR Class D78F Dining Car No. 4468 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 6, 2009
1. PRR Class D78F Dining Car No. 4468 Marker
Inscription.
"You had to be a waiter - a good one - to work in the Dining Department. You worked 16 and 17 hours a day. Half the time we had to sleep in the dining car."
- James Corbett, Dining Car Waiter

For passengers, eating aboard a train was always an exciting part of travel. For the workers who served them, it was very demanding. In 1941 alone, the PRR served 3.9 million meals. In the World War II years, they served five times that many.

This Altoona-built restaurant-on-wheels served "peach pie baked on car today."
The rolling kitchens were marvels of efficiency. Besides fixing food-to-order like any restaurant, they baked bread, rolls and pies from scratch. A typical 1930's menu offered double-rib lamb chop for 55, filet of lake trout for 75, liver and onions for 90, and sirloin steak for $1.75.

In 1930, most of the PRR's 176 dining cars were like No. 4468 here. Class D78 diners like this one were built between 1911 and 1929 in Altoona.

A one-day shopping list for the PRR included 847 pounds of ham, 575 dozen eggs, 750 lamb chops, and 1,695 loaves of bread.

At 81 feet long, the D78 dining car originally seated 36 passengers.

Later, this car was modernized to contain a 32-seat dining area and a 10-seat lounge.

At the height of railroad passenger
Photo on PRR Class D78F Dining Car No. 4468 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
2. Photo on PRR Class D78F Dining Car No. 4468 Marker
[Caption reads] Chef Preparing Dinner. Virginia Museum of Transportation Collection.
travel, more than 1,700 dining cars operated in the US.

Besides meals, diners sold Coca-Cola, playing cards, tobacco, aspirin, carbonated water, and Bromo-Seltzer (for when you ate too much pie).
 
Erected by Railroaders Memorial Museum.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 40° 30.826′ N, 78° 23.981′ W. Marker is in Altoona, Pennsylvania, in Blair County. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Railroaders Memorial Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1300 9th Avenue, Altoona PA 16602, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Posy Gang (within shouting distance of this marker); PRR Class X29L Steel Boxcar No. 2136 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Master Mechanic (within shouting distance of this marker); PRR Class N5 Cabin Car (or Caboose) No. 477577 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Altoona Works (within shouting distance of this marker); Pennsylvania Railroad Shops (within shouting distance of this marker); Scale Test Weight Car (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Memorial Projectile (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Altoona.
 
Also see . . .
Image on PRR Class D78F Dining Car No. 4468 Marker image. Click for full size.
By PRR Company, 1939
3. Image on PRR Class D78F Dining Car No. 4468 Marker
[Caption reads] PRR Schedule, 1939. Fleet of Modernism. DC Collection

1. Pennsylvania Railroad Shops and Works, Altoona, Pennsylvania: A Special History Study. (Submitted on March 20, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. PRR Dining Car Department Cooking Instructions. (Submitted on March 20, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. PRR Standard Cooking and Serving Instructions (May 1932). (Submitted on March 20, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Railroaders Memorial Museum. (Submitted on March 20, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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PRR Class D78F Dining Car No. 4468 and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 6, 2009
4. PRR Class D78F Dining Car No. 4468 and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 20, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 835 times since then and 116 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 20, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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