The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Observation Bar Lounge #254 is a tavern-lounge-observation car built for the Champion in 1940-41. The Champion started as a daily service of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1939, competing with the Silver Meteor of the Seaboard Air Line on the New York–Florida route. Atlantic Coast Lines trains reached Miami via the Florida East Coast Railway from Jacksonville. In 1941, streamlined equipment became available and the Atlantic Coast Line added another section serving Saint Petersburg and the Tampa Bay area.
This completely restored dining car, as well as the Seaboard Air Line Coach and Tavern Car sixty-three hundred, are both cars that can be reserved for birthday parties, and other events here at the Museum.