Bush's whistle-stop train car is dubbed 'The Baltimore'

September 27, 1992|By Karen Hosler | Karen Hosler,Staff Writer

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- President Bush is riding in a luxurious, mahogany paneled train car dubbed "The Baltimore" that was first used by an uncle of Wallace Warfield Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor.

The car was built in 1924 by the Pullman Co. for the Seaboard Air Line Railroad Co., a predecessor of the CSX Corp., which contributed many of the cars to Mr. Bush's 19-car cavalcade.

Davis Warfield of Baltimore, uncle of the twice-divorced woman for whom England's King Edward VIII gave up his throne, was president of Seaboard at the time "The Baltimore" was built.

The car has also been called "The Carolina" and "The Virginia" and even briefly "The Alabama" before it was renamed "The Baltimore" in 1986.

"The Baltimore" includes a state room, two guest bedrooms, an observation room, dining room, galley and crew quarters. Antique features include a cabinet in the state room with cut glass windows, brass fixtures and a silver tea service.

Despite the accommodations, the president chose to stay at a Marriott hotel in Livonia, Mich.

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