Dining Car No. 3164 was built by the Pullman Company in 1924 for the Southern Railway. It seats 44 passengers at 11 tables. The car worked both the Carolina Special (which ran through Blair, Tennessee) and the Tennessean through Knoxville. For many years 3164 was based at Knoxville working between Knoxville and Washington, D.C.
On November 11, 1958, the 83-ton car was knocked into the Southern station in downtown Knoxville where it wound up inside the building. Despite damage to both the car and the building both were repaired and returned to service. Further information is available on this accident.
Dining Car No. 3164 was retired by Southern Railway in 1970 and passed through the hands of a number of private collectors before being acquired by several members of SARM in 1996.
From 1996 to 1999 SARM volunteers worked to restore the interior (the tables and chairs are original), exterior, and running gear of 3164. Additional photos of the restoration work are available. The kitchen awaits future work. The car returned to service in April 1999 on the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train. It is also used by the Dinner Train at Oak Ridge for charter trips and regularly scheduled dinner trains.
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