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Union Pacific Passenger Cars

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This page was last updated on July 26, 2014.

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Heritage Fleet

Heritage Fleet and Business Car Roster — A roster listing of Union Pacific's steel passenger cars after 1971, including the excursion fleet used with the steam locomotives and other special operations, and other cars operated after the startup of Amtrak in May 1971.

Heritage Fleet Water Cars —  A roster listing of the former steam locomotive tenders that UP now uses with its current steam locomotives.

Wooden Cars

Wooden Cars — An index page for several roster listings of Union Pacific's wooden passenger cars, along with the wooden passenger cars of its predecessor and subsidiary companies. (This information is currently being researched and developed, and is presented here as a work in progress.)

Arch Roof Heavyweight Steel Cars, Before 1915

The Union Pacific, and its auxiliary roads received the first arch-roof heavyweight steel cars in 1909.

All Union Pacific System (UP, OSL, OWRR&N) equipment was renumbered in 1915-1916 to match a system-wide renumbering plan.

Harriman Common Standard Arch Roof Cars, Car Numbers — A listing of Common Standard cars, sorted by car numbers.

Harriman Common Standard Arch Roof Cars, Dates Built — A listing of Common Standard cars, sorted by build dates (includes known builder lot and plan numbers).

UP Numbered Cars Before 1915 — A roster listing of all UP steel passenger cars prior to the 1915-1916 general renumbering.

OSL Numbered Cars Before 1915 — A roster listing of all Oregon Short Line steel passenger cars prior to the 1915-1916 general renumbering.

OWRR&N Numbered Cars Before 1915 — A roster listing of all Oregon-Washington Railway & Navigation steel passenger cars prior to the 1915-1916 general renumbering.

SPLA&SL (LA&SL) Numbered Cars before 1921 — A roster listing of all San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake (Los Angeles & Salt Lake after 1916) steel passenger cars prior to formal integration into UP's numbering system in 1921.

Named and Numbered Clerestory-Roof Heavyweight Cars

UP owned and operated clerestory-roof heavyweight cars from 1920 to 1963.

Named Clerestory-Roof Heavyweight Cars — A roster listing of all named clerestory-roof heavyweight cars on UP, including named Pullman sleeper cars assigned to UP.

Numbered Clerestory-Roof Heavyweight Cars — A summary listing of the clerestory-roof heavyweight cars on UP that were not sleepers, including Dining, Coach, Chair and Observation cars.

Clerestory-Roof Heavyweight Cars, By Date Built — A summary listing of clerestory-roof heavyweight cars on UP and its subsidiaries, sorted by date built.

Streamlined Heavyweight Cars — Information about the modernized (Streamlined) heavyweight cars completed in 1948-1954.

Early Streamliners

Named Early Streamliner Cars — A roster listing of all named Streamliner cars, from UP's early Streamliner and City trains of the 1930s and early 1940s; a total of 85 cars.

Numbered Early Streamliner Cars —A roster listing of all numbered Streamliner cars, from UP's early Streamliner and City trains of the 1930s and early 1940s. These were the cars with CD, CP, LA, and SF prefixes, and those with the original five-digit 10000-series numbers.

Streamliner Timeline — A chronology of events concerning UP's Streamliner trains, 1934 to 1971.

Streamliner Train Sets — A listing of the Union Pacific Streamliner train sets, 1st Train through 10th Train, plus Train of Tomorrow and Aerotrain.

The "City" Trains — Information about the "City" named Streamliners

Early UP Streamliners — Excerpts from The Official Pullman-Standard Library, Volumes 13 and 14, published in 1993.

Early Pullman Streamliner Cars — Excerpts from Streamliner Cars, Volume 1, Pullman-Standard, published in 1981.

Early UP Streamliners — Excerpts from the Overland Route section of Car Names, Numbers and Consists, published in 1972.

Sioux Chief Traintel — Former UP-C&NW jointly owned cars that became C&NW cars, and in turn became part of a unique railroad theme motel.

Other Trains

These trains used a mix of modified and unmodified heavyweight cars, and lightweight cars.

The Forty-Niner — A special Union Pacific train operated by Union Pacific, Southern Pacific and Chicago & North Western, between Chicago and San Francisco, from 1937 to 1941. The train used a combination of modified heavyweight cars and new lightweight cars.

Treasure Island Special — A special Union Pacific train operated by Union Pacific, Southern Pacific and Chicago & North Western, between Chicago and San Francisco, from 1939 to 1940. The train used a combination of modified heavyweight cars and new lightweight cars.

The Challenger — Information about "The Challenger" series of passenger trains operated by Union Pacific and its partners.

Other Trains — Information about many of Union Pacific's named but non-Streamliner passenger trains. (under construction)

Named and Numbered Lightweight Cars

Named Lightweight Sleeper Cars — Roster listings of UP's named lightweight sleeper cars, from the earliest "American" series Pullman sleeper cars from 1942 for the non-Streamliner trains, through to the newest "Star" series sleepers from 1956.

Named Lightweight Lounge Cars — A roster listing of UP's "River" series of lightweight Club Lounge cars.

Lightweight Cars — An overview of UP's lightweight passenger cars. (under construction)

Lightweight Cars, Sorted by Car Number — An index listing of UP's numbered lightweight cars, delivered 1937 through 1964.

Lightweight Cars, Sorted by Year — An index listing of UP lightweight cars, sorted by year built, 1937-1964.

Non-UP Named and Numbered Lightweight Cars — A roster listing of non-Union Pacific cars painted yellow and gray for service within UP trains.

Numbered Cars, After 1915

An index listing of all numbered steel (non-Streamliner) passenger cars, after 1915 system renumbering, including:

The following index should be used by locating the car number within the number range in the two left columns, then clicking on the file name in the far right column.

Starting
Group
Ending
Group
File
OSL Diner 218 Parlor 997 numbered-1
OWRR&N Coach Observation 1008 OWRR&N Postal Storage 1496 numbered-2
Cafe Observation 1500 Horse Baggage Automobile 1798 numbered-3
OSL Baggage 1826 Cafe Lounge 2497 numbered-4
Postal Coach 2510 OWRR&N Diner 4068 numbered-5
LA&SL Chair 4140 Coach 5556 numbered-6
Baggage 5601 Dome 9015 numbered-7

Express Box Cars — Roster information for UP's 9100, 9200, and 9300 series Express Box cars; includes listings of the same cars as 24100, 24200, and 24300 series from the 1960s, along with the short lived 24400 series retired Baggage cars.

Before UP

GM Train of Tomorrow — A separate page for the General Motors "Train of Tomorrow" all-dome passenger train, built in 1947 and purchased by UP in 1950.

After UP

UP Cars to Amtrak — Roster information about the UP passenger cars that were sold to Amtrak in 1971 and later years.

UP Cars to Mexico — Information about the UP passenger cars that were sold to Mexico

UP Cars to Ringling Bros. — Information about the 104 former UP passenger cars that were sold to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (RBX and RBBX)

Roadway and Company Service Cars

Roadway Cars — A roster listing of Union Pacific's Roadway (maintenance of way) cars in the road's 900000 series car numbers, that were converted from retired steel passenger cars.

Company Service Cars — A roster listing of Union Pacific's company service cars, including Boiler cars (B-1 and B-2), Rail Detector cars (DC-2 to DC-9), Track Evaluation Cars (EC-1 to EC-3), Track Inspection Vehicles (EC-4 and EC-5), along with the older Air Brake Instruction cars and Rules Examiner cars converted from retired steel passenger cars.

Pullman Information

History of Pullman — A history of the Pullman company that operated the nationwide network of railroad sleeper car services.

Pullman Operations on UP — Notes about Pullman sleeping car operations on Union Pacific.

"The World's Greatest Hotel" — An article about the history of Pullman by Arthur D. Durbin, published in the November 1969 issue of Trains magazine.

Other Information

UP Passenger Service Timeline — A general timeline of Union Pacific passenger service, 1932-1949, including passenger cars and passenger trains.

Streamliner Timeline — A chronology of events concerning UP's Streamliner trains, 1934 to 1971.

Coach vs. Chair — Information about the differences between Coaches and Chair Cars.

Description of Passenger Equipment, No. 1, November 1, 1910 — A PDF of a book listing all Union Pacific passenger cars in 1910. (PDF; 12 pages; 4.1MB) (courtesy of James Ehernberger)

Description of Passenger Equipment, No. 7, January 1, 1926 — A PDF of a book listing all Union Pacific passenger cars in 1926. (PDF; 66 pages; 25.4MB) (courtesy of James Ehernberger)

UP Form 70 — Information about UP's Form 70, "List of Agencies, Stations, Equipment, Etc." — Descriptive listings of all agencies, stations, locomotives and locomotive service facilities, and passenger and freight equipment, along with listings of officials, managers, physicians, hospitals and time inspectors.

Combination Cars — Listings of Union Pacific's combination passenger cars, taken from Clive Carter's article in The Streamliner.

Dynamos and Head End Power —A brief history of head-end electrical power as it was used in the 1909-1921 era by the installation of steam-driven dynamos in baggage cars.

Miscellaneous Notes — Notes about various subjects that don't belong in other pages.

UP 107 Overland at Meadowcroft — The story of how a Union Pacific business car came to a small museum in Western Pennsylvania.

Modeling Information — Suggestions for modeling Union Pacific passenger trains and cars. (Incomplete, under construction)

ORER Source Data — Information about data taken from The Official Railway Equipment Register (ORER). (OSL in ORER)

Painting and Lettering — Information about Union Pacific's Painting, Lettering and Numbering (PL&N) on its fleet of passenger cars.

Q&A — Questions and answers about Union Pacific's passenger car fleet, including excerpts from the Q&A column in The Streamliner. (The Streamliner is the quarterly publication of the Union Pacific Historical Society.)

Train Consists — An index of passenger train consists. (Incomplete, under construction)

Acknowledgements

Acknowledgements — Acknowledgements for all the people who have helped me compile this information about UP's passenger cars.

Sources

Further Reading — Additional reading about UP's passenger cars.

Source Material — A listing of the source material used to compile this information about UP's passenger cars.

Glossary

Glossary — A glossary of terms and phrases used in these roster listings and descriptive narratives.

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