HELP US PRESERVE AMERICA’S LIVING HISTORY
The history and the stories of our ancestors have always had a strong emotional impact on the lives of the contemporaries. Going back in time is the dream for many, to re-live eras of the past. The history of America is something that many individuals know little about. American history is taught in most schools but many students do not learn everything they could or should.
It must be said that there is no time machine that exists; however, there are places where it is possible to re-live the life, habits, and customs of our ancestors, which is what we are trying to achieve.
About This Campaign
When we founded American Living History Society, the aim was to help us appreciate history; that’s knowing some of the artifacts and culture of the people that lived before us. Now, we are raising awareness on the importance to preserve the American living history.
This campaign is created to help us fund our goal of operating a tourist and dinner train; we have started working with a local railroad to re-build an old line for this purpose. This, of course, has led to other ideas, such as preserving historic cars and trucks for living history events. Our hope is that, by allowing the public to immerse themselves in historical experiences, they will have a deeper appreciation of those who lived before us, knowing that they lay the groundwork for where we are today and where we are headed in the future.
What we need
We are reaching out to everyone who can afford to spare a few dollars to help us actualize our mission of raising funds to move two one of a kind historic railroad cars to our location for restoration, preservation, and operation. Both cars were built by Pullman Company, The Jacksonville, in 1927, and C&NW 7600, in 1941. The relocation of both cars is going to consist of loading each with a crane onto a flat car, moving it by rail to Michigan and unloading it with another crane.
In the meantime, we must count on people like you, for the very success of this campaign. Your right attitude, your open-mindedness, your prayer, and most importantly your FINANCIAL SUPPORT can see us through to actualizing this mission. We wonder if you'll help us with $10, $25, $50, $100 or any amount at all; it would be much appreciated and well used.
We invite you to continue reading to learn about each car, and what makes them so unique.
Built in 1927 by the Pullman Company for “Pullman Pool Service” the Jacksonville was originally named the “Pioneer”. In 1929 it was renamed “Friendship” while remaining in Pullman service until 1944. Sold to the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad it was renamed “Jacksonville” after their headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida. Serving as a private office car, it was used by the vice president of the railroad.
There are a lot of gaps of the history of this car. What we do know, is Jacksonville is a one of a kind car, built to Pullman plan 3972A which is based on the traditional business car plan (3972) but with the addition of a fifth bedroom! Built in an order with four additional cars that are known as the explorer series cars as they were all named after famous explorers. However, unlike the other four cars, the Jacksonville was named “Pioneer” which leads to a lot of speculation about the construction of the car. Some believe it was a special order car that was cancelled prior to delivery at which time it was assigned to the Pullman Pool, others speculate that there was a special demand for a slightly larger business car. Either way, one thing is for sure, this car is a unique and rare piece of American History!
Thank you to Mike Robbins for the use of his historic photos of the Jacksonville Flicker.com alcomike.
Built by the Pullman Company in 1941 as an RPO/Baggage/Tavern/Lunch Counter car for service on the Chicago & Northwestern Railway's "City of Milwaukee", "Shoreland", and "Valley 400" train sets 7600 served Americas traveling public for 23 years before retirement in 1964. Once retired to Maintenance of Way (MOW) service #7600 was renumbered #301015, the lounge seats and bar were removed and replaced with a workbench, one restroom was removed and converted into a vestibule.
After spending time in MOW service, 7600 was then sold into private ownership. Purchased in 2003 by a private party, plans to relocate and restore the car were derailed later that year when the car became landlocked by a derailment that took the interchange switch out of service for several years. During this time, the intended home of the car changed hands and was no longer a viable location for the car.
In 2016, the car was offered to our organization in an effort to preserve this unique piece of history. As received, much of the original interior remained intact with few exceptions. The items that were missing when we received the car are the bar in the tavern area, along with many of the original seats, along with the RPO portion of the car that has been removed.
We are so grateful to everyone who has taken the time to read our campaign and for those who contributed what they could to make a difference in helping us spread the word. Please know your efforts, even the smallest, did not go unnoticed. We will continue to keep you posted on what your donation helped us achieve.
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