Clinchfield 100
Car 100 began its long life in 1911 when the all-steel coach was built by the Pullman for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. Originally, the car was known as the ACL #985. Around 20 years after its construction, the car was rebuilt by the ACL’s main passenger shop in Rocky Mount, NC into a full-operating dining car and named the Orlando. Until 1951, the Orlando operated on the ACL’s main line between Washington, DC and Miami.

It was early in 1951 that officials with the Erwin, TN-headquartered Clinchfield Railroad decided that the railroad’s original office car was getting just too old to keep in service, and began their search for a replacement. In May of that year, the Clinchfield purchased the Orlando, which had become unserviceable, from the ACL and brought it to Erwin to undergo major renovations from the ground up. After almost two years of restoration work, completed under the direction of Clinchfield Chief Mechanical Officer P.O. Likens, the Clinchfield Railroad had its new office car, which was christened Car 100. When the Family Lines System absorbed the Clinchfield Railroad in the 1970s, Car 100 was painted to reflect the Family Lines grey, red and yellow color scheme. Car 100 was later retired and transported to CSX headquarters in Jacksonville, FL in 1983 to be evaluated for use as a fleet car. It was stored in Jacksonville until sold to a private party in Tampa, FL. Car 100 was then again sold to Florida resident Bill Beddell around 1985. Ten years after this, Car 100 was moved to the Aberdeen, Carolina & Western Railway in North Carolina, only to subsequently be moved yet again to the Lancaster & Chester Railroad in Lancaster, SC.

In June 2013, the Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society & Museum purchased Car 100 from the L&C, renamed it the Clinchfield, and assigned it AAR reporting mark WATX 100 in honor of its Clinchfield Railroad legacy. The car received major restoration work at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC and is now undergoing final improvements required for AMTRAK certification that will allow its use in mainline excursion service.
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