This train car on display at the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth is set to be featured on a Travel Channel show tonight. It was used by President Warren G. Harding up until his death in 1923. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)
DULUTH — A train car on display at the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth is set to be featured on a Travel Channel show on Thursday.
Mysteries at the Museum will air at 9 p.m., and the episode’s description on travelchannel.com reads, “Host Don Wildman explores a plaster cast of hoof prints made by a mythic beast, a colossal war machine that once laid waste to an American city, and a presidential train car that remains shrouded in mystery.”
That presidential train car, Superb, is sitting at Georgia’s official transportation history museum and it’s the train car that carried President Warren G. Harding to Alaska in 1923 and then into San Francisco, Calif., where he died. It’s the same car that brought Harding’s body back to Washington.
“This is the last passenger car in existence known to have carried a president’s body in state by to D.C.,” said Jeffrey Hildebrand, marketing manager for the museum.”Essentially, for the day, this was Air Force One,” he added.
Stuart Caul, a longtime volunteer with the Southeastern Railway Museum who is helping to restore the parlor area of the train car, was interviewed for the segment.
“They mostly dealt with the death of the president … what caused the death” Caul said. “The story originally was that his wife was trying to food poison him and that he died of food poisoning, but later on everything came back out and showed it was actually a heart attack killed him.”
Museum guests can tour the train car during normal museum hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The museum is at 3595 Buford Highway in Duluth.