Maryville, TN

A World War II train car is converted into a luxurious Smoky Mountains vacation rental

Ellen Eastwood
The kitchen of Platform 1346Airbnb

Tired of the same old weekend getaways? Maybe it's time to try staying in a converted WWII train car.

In Maryville, Tennessee host Dean Smith spent 8 months converting a 1943 WWII troop train kitchen car into a beautiful short-term rental space.

Named Platform 1346, the train car was bought at a military surplus auction in Florida and painstakingly moved to its new resting place.

The exterior is military green and features a weathered patina befitting of its age.
The exterior of Platform 1346Airbnb

However, the car's interior is full of modern luxury - a full farmhouse kitchen with rustic vibes is appointed with beautiful finishes and ultra-modern SMEG appliances. Industrial lighting creates a cozy atmosphere.

As a nod to the train's colorful history, Smith restored some of the car's original amenities, including the beautiful wood floors, exposed grooved ceiling, and a sliding door with original signage.

To keep you in the spirit of the times, Platform 1346 is decorated with vintage pieces like old cameras and an ancient game of Risk.

The space is designed so that every square inch is usable. Similar to a container home, everything is open concept, but rooms are lined up side by side, with the kitchen taking about a third of the space.
Right next to it is a living area with a comfy sleeper couch and TV. Beyond that lies the bedroom with a chest of drawers and a queen-sized bed. The bed is murphy-style, meaning it can fold up into the wall to provide extra space when not in use.
The interior design has an upscale cabin aesthetic characterized by muted colors, historical accents, and natural finishes.
The living space where a bed can be pulled out of the far wallAirbnb

The train car is set on six acres of secluded land but there's a variety of things to do. You can sit on the deck and enjoy the view, or make use of the grill and horseshoe pit. Animal lovers will enjoy the fish pond as well as the owner's friendly dogs that greet you on the grounds.

Not surprisingly, past guests rave about this uniquely historical yet modern and comfortable space:
"I'm not sure how to successfully articulate how special this place is."
"The train car is surprisingly spacious, comfortable, and an absolutely unique experience."
"The World War II train car was a wonderful experience, full of character and style."
If you're up for a unique adventure, you can book your trip here. And the good news is, if a converted train car isn't your style, Smith also has a converted airplane hangar for rent on the property.

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