Tom - I didn't know that the Pere Marquette used the Chessie cars. I saw the original Chessie train in Ashland KY back in the day.
From the C&O Historical Society:
"No. 96 powers the Chicago-Grand Rapids Pere Marquette in late 1948. These “western” PM trains were inaugurated in Oct., 1948 using Budd stainless steel cars built for the ultra-luxury but never-operated train The Chessie. Most were sold in 1950-51 to other railroads. This is a rare color photo of one of these consists. No. 98 is lettered C&O but also has “Pere Marquette” lettering between the louvers. (C&O Ry. Photo, CSPR CL-204)"
Good looking consist!