gokeefe wrote:As noted in Mr. Van Bokkelen's roster of Maine Central Passenger equipment MEC #15 Merrymeeting and MEC #16 Arundel were separated from the other MEC Pullman Lightweight Stainless cars when they were sold in 1960 to the Missouri Pacific (MP). Merry Meeting and Arundel were sold to the Chicago & Eastern Illinois (C&EI), were they were given named and numbered Merry Young, #603 and (oddly) Merrymeeting #604 respectively. Ironically, the C&EI was taken over by the MP in 1967, however part of the merger stipulation required some portion of the railroad (and apparently rolling stock as well) to go to the Louisville & Nashville Railroad (L&N). #15 & #16 were among the rolling stock that transferred to the L&N were they were named and numbered Dixie Traveler, #2800 and Dixie Journey, #2801 respectively. Although unlikely it at least seems possible that some of the former MEC cars would have been operated together at some point between 1967 and 1970 before the L&N assumed control of their portion of the C&EI.The Maine Central diners were "separated from the other MEC Pullman Lightweight Stainless cars [that] were sold in 1960 to the Missouri Pacific" because they had already been sold—in 1951, to the C&EI as you noted. In other words, the Maine Central owned two brand-new LW dining cars for only four years.
From timetables of the period I can find evidence that these dining cars' regular assignment was only in the summer-only Bar Harbor, between Portland and Ellsworth and between Portland and Rockland. If these cars were in fact idle during the rest of the year (I would appreciate any clarification on this point), no wonder the Maine Central was willing to part with them so soon.
But it also begs the question: Since the summer 1953 B&M timetable, two years after the sale, again shows the Bar Harbor carrying dining cars Portland-Ellsworth and Portland-Rockland, whose cars were they? Again, I would appreciate any input.
That these cars were in Amtrak service—or at least ownership—between 1971 and 1977 is a fascinating footnote. Where did they run? Is it possible some of us may have actually ridden in them and not known it? And what became of them after their retirement?
[Attachment from The Official Pullman-Standard Library, Volume 10—Northeast Railroads, page 130.]
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