Collinsville Inn

Collinsville Inn in at Washington, D.C. Union Station - May 30, 2015 - Photo by J. Lilly
Collinsville Inn at Sandusky, Ohio - July 22, 2015 - Photo by Richard Marchi

Collinsville Inn in her restored 1963 Livery (2 photos)

Collinsville Inn is a stainless steel passenger car built by the Budd Company of Philadelphia in 1949 for the Pennsylvania Railroad as 21-roomette sleeper. It was later turned into a coach (its current configuration) for the 1964 World’s Fair.

Beginning May 2015, the car is available for Charters as an Amtrak certified passenger car. It has 82 cushioned seats, is ADA compatible (including a wheel chair seat and lock), has rotating chairs, and large windows. The car has heating, air conditioning, titelock couplers, HEP, MU (push-pull), and communications cables,. The exterior of the car is silver/stainless based with simple PRR markings based upon her in her 1963 livery, which primarily was actually stainless steel with decals.

The Collinsville Inn is available for charter and excursion service anywhere within the Amtrak system and for off-Amtrak service. It makes an excellent companion for our other coach and sister car, the Franklin Inn.

The cost of the charter depends upon where and when you want to travel, what services you want, and how many passengers will be traveling with you. Please keep in mind that no two charters cost the same and the only way to get an accurate price is to talk to the Charter Agent. It is a disservice to you and us to e-mail you a quote without first ascertaining your exact needs. We will turn a quote around to you as quickly as possible. A mechanical rider will accompany the car and additional crew to serve as hosts can be arranged for in advance. All Amtrak and other charges, railroad switching charges, and crew expenses are additional. Each charter is tailored to our client’s needs, so please call for an exact quote.


Interior photo June 13, 2015 – by Mary Ries

The Amtrak number is 800958

The car is registered the AAR with the reporting mark is NRHX148 – Collinsville Inn

For charter information, please contact us.


WINNER of the 2012 Trains Magazine Preservation Award!

History of the Collinsville Inn

Collinsville Inn in its original livery. Date, photographer, and location unknown. Photo from the Collection of J. Lilly

Pennsylvania Railroad #8254 Collinsville Inn was built by the Budd Company in 1949 as twenty-one (21) roomette sleepers. It was built according to plan #9513 in lot 9967, diagram 289. The coach was constructed with 41-NP-11 trucks, and was painted in a Tuscan Red livery with gold lettering and black roofs.

A total of fifty cars were manufactured by Budd in class PS21B. The PRR’s fleet of twenty-one roomette sleepers also included seven additional cars in class PS21A constructed by American Car and Foundry and two cars in class PS21C constructed by Pullman-Standard. A complete roster of these cars can be found on Garrett Spear’s “The Complete Roster of Pennsylvania Railroad owned Streamlined Parlor and Sleeping
Cars” website, as well as a picture of sister car, Ashtabula Inn.

Collinsville Inn is a 1949 Budd Built stainless steel car, which the state of Maryland donated to DCNRHS in
2008. No. 148, COLLINSVILLE INN—was built by the Budd Company in 1949 for the Pennsylvania Railroad as 21-roomette sleeper. Collinsville Inn was turned into a coach (click here for picture of sister car from that era), its current configuration, to support increased traffic loads anticipated for the World’s Fair in 1964 in New York. The car was named for Collinsville, Illinois, a town along the Pennsylvania Railroad. A diagram of the original floor plan can be found here.

In 1963, the Pennsylvania Railroad needed coaches to replace an aging fleet of P-70 coaches for the Northeast Corridor for anticipated passenger traffic load for the the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Work on converting fifty of the Inn-series cars into coach lounges began on April 3, 1963 and was completed by December of that year by the Budd Company. With the rebuild, the cars were redesignated as Class P85L coaches.

Forty-eight of the cars had 64 coach seats and a small, twelve-seat lounge at the end opposite the vestibule, and were renumbered 1500-1547. Two of the cars had 64 coach seats with a six-seat snack bar lounge; these were numbered 1548 and 1549. Collinsville Inn was PC 1508, its current configuration, to support increased traffic loads anticipated for the World’s Fair in 1964 in New York. The car was named for Collinsville, Illinois, a town along the Pennsylvania Railroad. A diagram of the original floor plan can be found here.

When outshopped, the cars comprised simple, stainless steel, with PRR Keystone logos at each end on the window band and with red number boards at each end on the lower portion of the car side. The names of the cars were no longer carried on the cars. Beginning on October 9, 1963, this series of coaches was placed in service between New York and Washington. Many of the cars, including DCNRHS’ Inn cars, were last in commuter service in the eastern US.

Southeast Michigan Transportation Authority, SEMTA purchased Collinsville Inn, along with 11 other 1500 series cars, in 1976, rehabbed the cars at Mechtron Industries in Wilmington, DE after the cars came to Detroit (and were stored in Windsor, Ontario before the purchase), and were used in SEMTA commuter service on the Grand Trunk Western until Oct., 1983. While in SEMTA service the Collinsville Inn was named Hazel Park and numbered as car No. 108. In 1984 SEMTA leased these cars to Metro North (MN). At some time after that the Michigan Dept. of Transportation took over ownership of the cars, and the lease, until MN no longer needed the cars.

The Car at Poughkeepsie, NY October 1984 in Metro-North Service
but still in SEMTA Colors – Photo by Jerry Laboda.

Collinsville Inn last saw service as a commuter car, rebuilt for MARC train service, serving as part of MARC’s Heritage Fleet. MARC applied the former PRR names to the cars in 1994, at the time when they went through major rebuilding. Collinsville Inn was numbered MARC 148. The MARC Heritage fleet cars were retired from service in 2001 and were stored at MARC’s facility in Brunswick, MD, when MARC acquired the MARC III double-decker coaches now in service principally on the Penn Line.

In November 2008, MARC passed title to MARC 148 to the National Railway Historical Society, Washington, D.C. Chapter, Inc. The car was finally released to the Washington D.C. Chapter in early August 2009. She achieved her Amtrak qualification in May 2015.

November 10, 2012

Trains Magazine Awards 2012 Preservation Award to help save the Collinsville Inn

MONTREAL – Trains Magazine has presented its prestigious annual Preservation Award to the Washington, D.C., Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society for the mainline restoration of a Pennsylvania Railroad passenger car, Collinsville Inn. Restoring a high-capacity coach will enable DCNRHS to introduce new generations of rail enthusiasts to the history and excitement of mainline rail travel.

The presentation took place Saturday, November 10 at the annual dinner for the joint Association of Railway Museums/Tourist Railway Association Inc. in Montreal.

Budd built Collinsville Inn as a 21-roomette sleeper in 1949. It was converted to a coach in time for the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. It later saw service as a commuter car and passed from the Maryland Department of Transportation to the Chapter in 2008. It has had its Amtrak 40-year-inspection and, following additional mechanical and cosmetic work, should be roadworthy in 12-18 months.

This year’s project was selected from more than 75 proposals from across North America. In addition to volunteer labor, the project is estimated to cost at $40,000.00, all of which will need to come from donations. The remaining funds will be need to be raiised from private donations. We can do it, with your help!

The project was featured in the February 2013 issue of Trains.

The photo shows volunteers looking over the Collinsville Inn at Brunswick on December 14, 2007, MD – Photo by J. Lilly