- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A rare, refurbished luxury Pullman rail car is set to depart Fort Wayne this weekend, offering passengers an idea of what it was like to travel first class more than seven decades ago.

The 92-year-old lounge, dining and sleeping car, called the Dover Harbor, will be pulled by Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society’s locomotive No. 765 restored steam engine along its inaugural excursions of the 2015 season. Kelly Lynch, the organization’s communications director, calls the Pullman car and steam engine “a time capsule inside a time machine.”

The Dover Harbor’s heyday was in the 1930s and 1940s, when it ran between New York and Chicago as part of the famed westbound Lake Shore Limited and eastbound Commodore Vanderbilt, according to the car’s conservators.

The Pullman car, built in 1923, was once favored by moguls, mobsters, politicians and patricians, Wayne York, passenger car coordinator for the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, told The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette (https://bit.ly/1Dl2TNd ). But railroad cars of its kind are nearly an extinct species nowadays.

“There’s only two cars like it in existence in the United States, and this is the only one in service that comes complete with a white-coated staff,” York said, calling the traveling experience “completely unique.”

Two years ago, the No. 765 steam engine pulled the car for the first time on excursions around the famed Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, York said.

“We’ve been wanting and wanting to get it out here (to Fort Wayne) ever since, so our local folks can see it,” he said.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Dover Harbor will carry passengers on two sold-out trips between Fort Wayne and Lafayette. The public is invited to view the car before it departs.

Both the car and steam engine will then continue traveling together on other excursions to eastern states through Labor Day weekend.

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Information from: The Journal Gazette, https://www.journalgazette.net


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