The train debuted on January 19, 1947 but due to its sparse market the B&O quickly switched its routing to the Detroit/Cincinnati market after only a few years during June of 1950. Despite this setback, wherever the train went it sure got your attention. The Cincy
was built entirely from heavyweight equipment but one would never have
known this as the B&O’s Mount Clare shop forces turned the old cars
into something quite beautiful. The cars were built completely from the ground up and arguably as finely crafted as anything constructed by Budd,
Pullman-Standard, or American Car & Foundry.
The train itself was clad in a two-tone version of the
B&O’s regal dark blue with silver trim.
The livery was a version of the railroad's standard passenger livery and the streamlining was provided by the company's own Olive Dennis, a female engineer. Even the Cincy’s lead locomotives were bedecked
in a matching scheme with proper streamling; they certainly could not be missed out on the main line (it
definitely would catch your eye!). The steamers were part of the B&O's handsome Class P-7d's and four, in all, #5301-5304 received the streamlined equipment. To complete the train's look it was
given silver pinstriping with "The Cincinnatian"
flanking the rear observation car. On the Cincinnati – Detroit corridor
the train was renumbered by the B&O listed as #53 southbound and #54 northbound.
Right up until the end the train continued to provide beverage and food service between Cincinnati
and Lima, Ohio along with reclining-seat coach
service (by this point the train had mostly lost its
streamlined status, using solid blue EMD E series diesels for power).
While the Cincy, along with most other B&O passenger trains
have been discontinued under Amtrak one is still in operation today, the
Capitol Limited, the railroad's one-time flagship. Amtrak had initially canceled all of the former B&O trains, including the Capitol Limited. However, ten years after making its final run under its original creator, the national carrier brought back the Cap
in 1981, operating the train between Washington, D.C.
and Chicago along its original route where it remains today.
(The below Cincinnatian timetable is dated effective, October 26, 1969.)
|Time/Leave (Train #53)
||Time/Arrive (Train #54)
|11:00 AM||0||Detroit (C&O Railway, Fort Street Station)||5:40 PM|
|11:35 AM||25||Plymouth, MI||4:54 PM|
|12:55 PM (Ar) 1:05 PM (Dp)||82||Toledo, OH||3:45 PM (Dp) 3:30 (Ar)|
|1:47 PM (Ar) 2:05 PM (Dp)||119||Deshler, OH||2:30 PM (Dp) 2:10 (Ar)|
|2:58 PM||153||Lima, OH||1:16 PM|
|3:16 PM||166||Wapakoneta, OH||12:59 PM|
|3:45 PM||186||Sidney, OH||12:39 PM|
|3:58 PM||196||Piqua, OH||12:18 PM|
|4:10 PM||204||Troy, OH||12:07 PM|
|4:37 PM (Ar) 4:47 PM (Dp)||224||Dayton, OH||11:40 AM (Dp) 11:25 (Ar)|
|5:11 PM||246||Middletown, OH||11:02 AM|
|5:29 PM||258||Hamilton, OH||10:47 AM|
|6:20 PM||282||Cincinnati (Union Terminal)||10:00 AM|
For more reading on the subject you may want to consider the book Baltimore & Ohio's Cincinnatian
by author Tom Dixon, the only book fully dedicated to the railroad's
exotic Midwestern streamliner. Dixon's book, filled with historic photographs,
details the history of the shortlived train from its earliest
beginnings in the late 1940s to final days at the beginning of the
1970s. You might also be interested in Baltimore & Ohio's Capitol Limited and National Limited
from author Joe Welsh details both trains from their inception to final
runs under the B&O featuring 160 pages of color and black &
white photography. It's an excellent historical look at both trains and
any B&O fan or historian would likely very much enjoy it!
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