And here I thought private rail cars went the way of roll-up desks and spats. The Washington Post did a nice piece about the last remaining private rail cars in America. Particularly about Chuck Jensen and his prized “Kitchi Gammi Club” (http://www.virginiarail.com/)
It’s heartening to know that some irreplaceable pieces of Americana are not just preserved and put on display, but actually put to use.
I love the quote used on Mr. Jensen’s homepage:
As the socialite Eleanor Belmont said back in the 1920s, ‘Riding on a private railcar is not an acquired taste. One takes to it immediately.’
Eleanor could have been referring to her late husband August Belmont’s totally unique and one-of-a-kind, private subway rail car – the Mineola.
Inside the Apple describes it best:
It has, unfortunately, seen better days:
Image courtesy of robertwa via RailRoad.net