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020-0023 Dinwiddie County Pullman Car

Dinwiddie County Pullman Car
Photo credit: Richmond Railroad Museum, ca 2020

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VLR Listing Date 04/17/1991

NRHP Listing Date 07/03/1991

NRHP Reference Number 91000834

A relic of the era when railroads offered luxurious, reliable travel accommodations, the Dinwiddie County Pullman Car was built in 1926 by the Pullman Company of Chicago, world-renowned manufacturer of railroad cars. Founded in 1868, the Pullman Company produced handsome, comfortable, and in some cases palatial, rolling stock. It became so successful that Pullman became a generic name for sleeping cars. The Dinwiddie County, originally named the Mount Atlas, is an excellent representative of the heavy-weight, all steel sleeper, and is one of two known surviving cars of its type. It differed from standard sleeping cars by having an observation lounge. In 1950 it was assigned to exclusive use by the Norfolk and Western Railway Co. The Pullman Company sold the Dinwiddie County Pullman Car to the Old Dominion Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society in 1965.  The car is housed in the Hallsboro Yard in western Chesterfield County.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark


Updated: January 27, 2022