Classic Streamliners - TRAINCYCLOPEDIA
Power for the City of Memphis goes through the washer. NC&StL photo.
The City of Memphis was powered by one of the last steam locomotives ever streamlined. The six cars were all rebuilt and streamlined by the NC&StL shops from heavyweight cars. The six cars were originally Pullman Heavyweight Parlor Cars before purchase by the NC&STL for conversion to coaches in June 1941.
A souvenir from the inaugural run of the City of Memphis, May 17, 1947.
1040 ex Coach 733 originally Pullman Parlor Hawstone
The six car consist had a revenue seating capacity of 204 and was built to operate on a fast five hour schedule between Nashville and Memphis a distance of 239 miles, averaging 47.8 miles per hour. The train set operated a daily round trip and lasted beyond the Louisville and Nashville Railroad takeover of the NC&StL, although the name was removed from the service by 1955.
City of Memphis consist
535 Streamlined K-2d 4-6-2 Pacific Locomotive and Tender
1040 Baggage 30-foot Railway Post Office Car
1100 44 Revenue seat Coach with 8 seat Dinette 10 seat Lounge
1101 56 Revenue seat Coach
1102 56 Revenue seat Coach
1200 24-seat Dining 24 seat Tavern Lounge Car
1103 48 Revenue seat Coach 21 seat Lounge Observation
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