PIEDMONT & NORTHERN
BUSINESS CAR No. 2201 "CAROLINA"
The most precious and luxurious car in our collection, filled with brass and mahogany paneling with walnut inlay. The Piedmont & Northern contracted the Southern Car Company to build two parlor cars for first class service, the 2200 and 2201 "Catawba" and "Saluda" respectively. Both cars had open back vestibules, Baldwin 4 wheel bogies, rich woodwork, and luxurious lounge chairs with cocktail tables, very rare for an interurban, less than 5 of this style surviving (PE 1299, with a glassed in platform; P&N 2201; and IT 234, which lacked wood.)
In the 1924, as first class travel declined in the south, the Piedmont & Northern retired No 2201, retaining just 2200 "Catawba". 2201 was rebuilt with a double length back platform, one of the largest business car platforms surviving today, 2 luxurious bedrooms, a washroom, full service kitchen (previously she had just a bar), and a grand conference style table in the combined dinning room/observation lounge. In order to fit on the streets (which interurbans also run on), the P&N had to save length, as such the lounge and dinning room were combined, as the car could not function without bedrooms. The car also had 6-wheel Pullman bogies added for a smoother ride. 2200 remained in service until 1935, at which time her back platform was rebuilt into a glassed in solarium.
After her refit "Saluda" was renamed "Carolina" and used by the railway's president Frank Cothran of Bradley and senior level board members such as Mr James Self. "Carolina" was used into the 1950s and 1960s taking P&N executives over the system, on inspection runs, and to important meetings and conferences with other important executives. It appears that sometime during this era "Carolina";s middle stateroom was converted to a full service washroom and either late in service or after retirement the beds in A & B were replaced. "Carolina" eventually had her kitchen and heating systems modernised, and was eventually sold to Mr Adams, and fitted out for backyard "camping" at the Railroad Historical Center.
"Carolina" has been lovingly restored to her 1920s beauty. She retains her Horsehair Mohan chairs, mahogany woodworking, 1914 window shades and wall sconces, and her brass porter's call buttons. Brass light fixtures adorn the lounge ceiling along with leaded glass transom windows. Down the hallway one comes to Stateroom A, where you find the bedroom designed for the two senior board members, a fine clerestory and classic GE fan. Next one fines the small washroom with a shower, and even a cigar match striker in the shower. Next is the president's stateroom, 'B', home to a massive full size bed, extremely uncommon, even in the railway president's stateroom.
^ The Combined Observation-Lounge & Dining Room ^
^ 'B' Stateroom, "Carolina"'s Master Bedroom ^ ^ "Carolina" in Piedmont & Northern Service ^