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 Post subject: Re: Surviving Pullman Heavyweight Sleeping Cars
PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:48 pm 

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...this is a Plan 3950 3 Compartment - 2 Drawing Room - lounge observation...


The description should be: "...this is a Plan 3950N 3 Compartment - 2 Drawing Room - lounge observation rebuilt from a 2 DR - 1 Comp - lounge observation..."

Yep, Ted... I do it too...

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 Post subject: Re: Surviving Pullman Heavyweight Sleeping Cars
PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:23 pm 
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jmlaboda wrote:
This is a Plan 3950 3 Compartment - 2 Drawing Room - lounge observation... of which none went to Burlington.

Milwaukee Road use to serve Prairie du Chien, where the car is, and they bought five of these cars at the Pullman divestiture. While some further research will be needed I think I can confidently say that this is one of the five cars MILW bought in the Silver-series.
jmlaboda wrote:
The description should be: "...this is a Plan 3950N 3 Compartment - 2 Drawing Room - lounge observation rebuilt from a 2 DR - 1 Comp - lounge observation..."
o anderson wrote:
I recall this car. I first saw it around 1979 and 80 sitting on a siding at a lumber yard on the Richland Center spur of the old Milwaukee Road. I think at the time it was a shortline running blue high-hood FM switchers for road power. It was a Milwaukee MOW car, and I remember it seemed to have orange paint underneath several other paint styles. It was probably restorable then, and had the platform railings. The Richland Center branch had extremely light rail and might have even been original from being regauged from narrow gauge.

I later saw the car at Praire du Chein around 1991 and assumed it was the same car. I thought the line to PdC was embargoed from Lone Rock westward. Running down that track in this car must have been an interesting experience.
Thanks, Jerry and Olin, for the info!

Okay, that being the case, then this car is most likely one of the two MILW-owned Silver-series cars which are listed as being transferred to the MofW department in 1949:

Silver Beach to MofW #X-801.

Silver City to MofW #X-740.

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"The Complete Roster of Heavyweight Pullman Cars" by Robert J. Wayner (Wayner Publications, 1985)

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 Post subject: Re: Surviving Pullman Heavyweight Sleeping Cars
PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:21 pm 
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On Tuesday, August 26th, 2014, 1st Post on Page #22, Rainier Rails wrote:
From the same thread from March 2003: http://www.rypn.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=5336

Posted by Fred Ash on page #2:

Fred Ash wrote:
There is a de-trucked, steel-sheathed wooden sleeper obs (ex "Constellation" or "Constitution")used as a summer home overlooking the Des Plaines River southwest of Chicago. It has the best wood-paneled interior of any car I've seen and all of the original fittings- including the canvas that pulls across the berths to keep cinders off the linen.
Does anybody have more info on this car? Pullman or other builder? Thanks in advance!
I just acquired Barger's "A Century of Pullman Cars" (both volumes). Volume One has the following listing for a car named Constitution:

Wood private (business) car built in January 1906 in Lot #3262 to Plan #2110.

There is no listing for a car named Constellation.

Checking Volume Two, it lists that the Constitution was 1 of 3 such private cars built in that Lot: Constitution, Commonwealth, and Republic. These cars had 4 bedrooms: rooms A and D had full beds, B had a longitudinal "Davenport Lounge" sofa with upper berth, and C had the traditional facing section seats. Interestingly, there was a sofa in the dining room (with 8 seat table), and the sofa in the observation lounge had an upper berth (using the sofa's back).

The Constitution is listed as leased to the government during WWI (along with the Republic), and was sold in June 1937 to L.J. Drake.

Does anyone have more info on this car's subsequent ownership history, or if it is still located along the Des Plaines River as reported back in 2003? Thanks in advance!

Sources:

1. "A Century of Pullman Cars Volume One: Alphabetical List" by Ralph L. Barger (Greenburg Publishing, 1988)

2. "A Century of Pullman Cars Volume Two: The Palace Cars" by Ralph L. Barger (Greenburg Publishing, 1990)

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 Post subject: Re: Surviving Pullman Heavyweight Sleeping Cars
PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:41 am 
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On Saturday, April 12th, 2014, 12th Post on Page #17, Rainier Rails wrote:
Three More Survivors:

314. Glen Eyre (Lot #4922, Plan #3523A, 1925, 6C-3DR)--retained (12/31/1948)--sold to Hyman-Michaels (1964) acquired by WP and converted to business car #103 to CSRM (at Railtown 1897 in Jamestown)
On Saturday, September 26th, 2015, 14th Post on Page #31, Rainier Rails wrote:
Briggs lists that WP #103 was rebuilt from a Pullman sleeper named Glen Eyre, but not a 6-3 car built in 1925. Rather, the #103 was rebuilt from the Glen Eyre (1st), which was built in 1898 to Plan #1379B. Briggs does not list the Lot #, the configuration, what the history of the car was before it was rebuilt to a business car, or when this rebuild took place. Does anyone have more info on this car, either as owned by Pullman or WP? Thanks in advance!
Info from Barger:

Built in March 1899 in Lot #2382 to Plan #1379B as a private (business) car with the name Glen Eyre. It was specifically built for use by George Westinghouse, and after his death in 1914, it was sold in July 1916 to the WP as #01, and was renumbered in July 1927 to #103.

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"A Century of Pullman Cars Volume Two: The Palace Cars" by Ralph L. Barger (Greenburg Publishing, 1990)

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 Post subject: Re: Surviving Pullman Heavyweight Sleeping Cars
PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:41 pm 

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On Saturday, July 4th, 2015, 5th Post on Page #31, Rainier Rails wrote:
I recently received some information on 3 surviving cars which have not yet been discussed in this thread, although the identities remain a mystery at this time:

The Orrville RR Heritage Society of Orrville, OH, is apparently in the process of moving locations, the new location being that of Dabo, Incorporated. There are several cars already at the Dabo site, which are not listed on the ORHS website, and I don't know for certain if these cars are owned by ORHS itself, ORHS members, or other private parties. Specifically, the information listed 3 heavyweight Pullmans, identities unknown...It should be noted that it apparently has come up elsewhere (where exactly I don't know) that at least some, if not most, of the cars which are already in storage at Dabo might be scrapped if new owners for these cars are not found.


As posted in the Orrville RHS derailment thread, the 2 (not 3) Pullmans at the Dabo property have been identified:

415. Trenton (Lot #4699, Plan #2410H, 1923, 12S-1DR)--sold to PRR #8960 (1948) redesignated dormitory #6718 (1950) transferred to MofW department as bunk car #492908 (when??) acquired by Dabo, Inc. (when??) Dabo acquired by Orrville RHS (2015)

416. Parkesburg (Lot #4894, Plan #3410A, 1925, 12S-1DR, ex-Martha Washington [1st])--sold to PRR #8868 (1948) renamed from Martha Washington (1st) to Parkesburg (1951) transferred to MofW department as bunk car #492859 (1962) acquired by Dabo, Inc. (when??) Dabo acquired by Orrville RHS (2015)

Sources:

1. "The Complete Roster of Heavyweight Pullman Cars" by Robert J. Wayner (Wayner Publications, 1985)

2. "Passenger Car Catalog: Pullman Operated Equipment, 1912-1949" by William W. Kratville (Kratville Publications, 1968)

3. Tom Madden's Pullman Project CCR database: http://pullmanproject.com/Database.htm

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I just recently made a trip up to Orrville to take a closer look at these two Pullmans since they are due to be scrapped soon unless a new owner is found. I discovered something interesting on one of the cars and wanted to share my findings with the group.

As I was inspecting PRR 492908, I found some of the original wooden window frames still in place on the car. When I checked them I found "Paul Revere" stamped on the side. So that got me thinking.

PRR had two 12-section, 1-drawing room heavyweight sleeping cars named Trenton.

Trenton (1st) is the one listed above as being PRR 492908, built in 1923 to Lot 4699, Plan 2410H, and off the roster by 1950.

Trenton (2nd) was built in 1925 to Lot 4894, Plan 3410A and was originally named Paul Revere but was renamed Trenton in 1951.

So is PRR 492908 actually Trenton (2nd)? If so then that means the two cars in Orrville were built together, served on the Broadway Limited together, put into MOW service at the same time, ended up together post career, and are still together 92 years later.


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 Post subject: Re: Surviving Pullman Heavyweight Sleeping Cars
PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:37 pm 
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On Wednesday, January 8th, 2014, 3rd Post on Page #7, Rainier Rails wrote:
Where Are They Now?

Armory Hill (Lot #6035, Plan #3961L, 1927, buf-plr-lng-obs [16 seats], GN, ex-Dolly Madison)--sold to GN (1945) to MofW to Reserve Mining Co. Parlor Car--see here: http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1258836 (John Hill photo)
On Monday, January 27th, 2014, 14th Post on Page #14, Rainier Rails wrote:
Another "Where Is It Now" Car:

Here's another car (from page #7) I forgot to add to the "Where Are They Now?" post at the end of page #13:

297. Armory Hill (Lot #6035, Plan #3961L, 1927, buf-plr-lng-obs [16 seats], GN, ex-Dolly Madison)--sold to GN (1945) to MofW to Reserve Mining Co. Parlor Car--does anybody know the current status/location of this car?


Okay, I was watching a video on YouTube just now, and this car showed up! It's now part of the Escanaba & Lake Superior collection. First car in the consist seen in the video, linked to below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsRowTP5xLA

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 Post subject: Re: Surviving Pullman Heavyweight Sleeping Cars
PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:27 pm 

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Folks,
i read a while back that the Glengyle of 1915 is the oldest Pullman heavyweight left. The sleeper is on display at the Museum of the American Railroad, Fresno, Texas.

Is this date still correct?

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PS Sorry, but I did not read all 34 pages again.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:39 am 
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No, there are several all-steel heavyweight Pullman cars older than the Glengyle, both still in their original configurations (sleepers, parlors, and business cars), or rebuilt to other car types (coaches and baggage cars). 14 cars that are positively accounted for, and up to 3 additional cars that I don't have recent status info for.

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 Post subject: Re: Surviving Pullman Heavyweight Sleeping Cars
PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:10 am 

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Glengyle is an early car dating from 1910.

Glengyle:
service date 10-Dec-1910,
Plan 2522; 2522E on 6/1/37 7 Compartment - 2 Drawing Room car
Air Conditioning also as of 6/1/37
sold 1960 to Texas & Norther, to Age of Steam, Dallas, name change to Museum of the American Railroad

Information from Tom Madden's Pullman Project website.

I think the claim of the car being the oldest surviving Pullman was once made by its preserver, the Age of Steam museum at Dallas, Texas. This is now the Museum of the American Railroad in Frisco, Texas. The current website does not make that claim.

These 7-2 cars were used on high-end train service that demanded all-room cars.

If I recall correctly, the car was modified at some time (maybe the 1937 date) and alternate connecting doors were closed and a small closet was installed in each room at these locations.

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