Built in 1949 by P-S in Lot #6809 to Plan #4140B as FEC 10RM-6DB sleeper BAHAMIAN, 1 of 7 FEC 10-6 sleepers built in Lot #6809, 7 of 42 total built in that Lot for the ACL pool. All 7 of the FEC cars were sold in 1967 to CN, BAHAMIAN as CN #2139 DEEP RIVER, later VIA #2139.
October 19, 2023 North Florida Railway Museum notified FLAIRR that they had decided that the FEC Bahamian was surplus and would be deaccessioned. FLAIRR voted unanimously to take on this project. By doing so this will free up NFRM resources (manpower and finances)along with FLAIRR a assisting with other projects at the Green Cove Springs museum site.
On October 21, 2023 an inspection of the Bahamian was conducted. Keeping in mind that it has been sitting in the Florida Sun for several years. Most of the VIA blue paint has faded completely away and what is left is now a Sun bleached white. The Florida weather and time has also taken its toll on the rubber window gaskets. This allowed water to leak into the car causing damage to the floors near the outer walls in several places. The running gear was inspected aand found to be in very good condition with good wheels, D22 brakes with truck mounted cylinders and composition shoes and 6 1/2 X 12 NFL rotating end cap roller bearings. The car is about 95% complete with the original upholstery and curtains. Some of the fabric is faded showing some signs of dry rot.
FLAIRR plans to initially concentrate on replacing broken windows and leaking ripper window gaskets and stop the water entry. Next we will turn our attention to the car body doing the bodywork and getting a new paint job on it. Then we will turn our attention to the interior.
From our beginning we have had the physiology we would approach preservation in the spirit of cooperation not compilation. This approach has us with working relationships with four other preservation organizations in the southeast region United States.
The initial assessment of the running gear of the Bahamian shows it to be in very good condition. All the wheel sets are good profile and thick tread. It is riding on 6 1/2”X12” APEE roller bearings.
All 4 wheel sets are very good condition as are all the Brahe shoes
A running breake test will be done when North Florida Railway Museum has the 44ton locomotive running.
Canadian National renamed the Bahamian to the Deep River and assigned it number 2139, both the name and number carried over to VIA. FLAIRR will be assign RPCX 2139 as the new reporting mark and restore the name Bahamian.
This plaque shows the floor plan and locations of Emergency Exits. More it is both in English and French.
The the roomettes were designed with the single traveler in mind. Equipped with a single comfortable seat that also converted into a bed. Each roomette also had its own private toilet and sink. The roomettes Also had both sliding pocket doors and hallway curtains for privacy.
The bedrooms give us a glimpse at what First Class travel was like in 1949. Even though the upholstery is Sun faded it is the original fabric that was installed in the car by Pullman as was ordered by the Florida East Coast.
The trip from New York to Miami was an overnight trip. You could spend it in a coach seat or your ow hotel wheels bedroom. Believe it or not that is a double bed.
Overnight rail travel for families often ment sharing a bedroom. Just lower the upper berth and you have an instant bunk bed complete with ladder and safety netting.
In 1949 your First Class hotel room on wheels even has its own closet with a special cupboard for your shoes.
These doors are the other side shoe cupboard in the bedroom.
One of the services offered on a Pullman car was you shoes would be shined during the night by the Pullman Porter.
Bedroom controls for the fan and lights, also note the call bell for the Porter.
All Pullman bedrooms had a fan, not the open blades that are plastic.
Here is a throw back to a bygone era, built in ashtray.