The Chesapeake & Ohio Railway's George Washington was one of the
last great long distance heavyweight passenger trains in the United
States, famous for its understated opulence and the quality of its
service. This new book relates the entire story of that train, from its
conception during the depths of the Great Depression until its
replacement by a train of lightweight streamlined cars after World War
The book begins with a brief description of the evolution of the
railroad itself and the influence the early surveys of George Washington
had on the ultimate route of the road. Consideration is given to the
fastidious and meticulous planning of the train together with
comprehensive analysis of matters of historical significance.
Of particular interest are the brief depictions developed by the
planners detailing the historical figures, events and locations whose
names were honored on various cars of the train. Included also are
thorough overviews of the locomotives and cars that made up this first
completely air conditioned, long distance, overnight train along with
descriptions of its operation and the experience of riding on The
George. Lucius Beebe once remarked, "Nothing topped The George
Washington at its golden noonday".
Vicariously enjoy a comfortable trip in one of the elegant Imperial
Salon coaches, a Mount Vernon Dinner in Gadsby's Tavern and a night cap
in the observation car Commander-In-Chief before retiring to a
comfortable berth as a guest of the Marquis LaFayette, Compte de
Rochambeau or Baron von Steuben, and Chessie!