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Non-Union Pacific Cars (painted UP yellow and gray)

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This page was last updated on June 20, 2013.

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Overview

A total of 92 passenger cars of other railroads are known to have been painted in Union Pacific's yellow and gray paint scheme. These cars include:

As additional research identifies more cars, their information will be added.

Chicago and North Western Cars

(See also "Western" series sleepers)
(See also "Imperial" series sleepers)
(See also "American" series sleepers)

Coach — 6 cars
ACF, 1953
Lightweight

Car
Number
Notes and Disposition
C&NW 3477 to SP 2211, May 9, 1961, to Amtrak 4465
C&NW 3478 to SP 2212, May 9, 1961, to Amtrak 4466
C&NW 3479 to SP 2213, May 9, 1961, to Amtrak 4467
C&NW 3480 to SP, August 31, 1961
C&NW 3481 to SP 2214, May 17, 1961, to Amtrak 4468
C&NW 3482 to SP 2215, May 10, 1961 to Amtrak 4469
 

Coach — 23 cars
ACF, 1937
Lightweight

Car
Number
Notes and Disposition
C&NW 6132 to M S Kapal, December 7, 1959
C&NW 6133 to Purdy Company, June 15, 1960
C&NW 6134 scrapped, December 31, 1958
C&NW 6135 to Edwards International, July 1, 1962
C&NW 6136 to Edwards International, July 1, 1962
C&NW 6137 to Marfaz Steel, December 7, 1959
C&NW 6138 to Edwards international, July 1, 1962
C&NW 6139 to M S Kapal, December 7, 1959
C&NW 6140 to M S Kapal, January 20, 1960
C&NW 6141 to Edwards International, July 1, 1962
C&NW 6142 scrapped, September 26, 1946
C&NW 6143 to Purdy Company, April 22, 1958
C&NW 6144 to Purdy Company, April 14, 1958
C&NW 6145 to Purdy Company, April 22, 1958
C&NW 6146 to Purdy Company, June 15, 1960
C&NW 6147 to Hyman Michaels, April 22, 1958
C&NW 6160 to Edwards International, July 2, 1962
C&NW 6161 to Purdy Company, April 14, 1958
C&NW 6162 to Purdy Company, April 22, 1968
C&NW 6163 to Edwards International, July 1, 1962
C&NW 6164 to C&NW X-300940, November 2, 1958
C&NW 6165 to Purdy Company, January 5, 1960
C&NW 6166 to Purdy Company, April 22, 1958
   

Diner — 4 cars
ACF, 1949
Lightweight

Car
Number
Notes and Disposition
C&NW 6956 to Edwards International, May 4, 1964
C&NW 6957 to Joliet Railroad Equipment, September 25, 1964
C&NW 6958 to Luria Bros, Regina, Sask., Canada, December 12, 1971
C&NW 6959 to Luria Bros, Regina, Sask., Canada, December 12, 1971
   

Cafe Lounge — 3 cars
ACF, 1949
Lightweight

Car
Number
Notes and Disposition
C&NW 7800 to C&NW X-301040
C&NW 7801 to J. Richardson, Peninsula, Ohio, January 31, 1972; (history from 1972 to 2003 is not known); sold to new owners in 2003 and moved to Fremont, Neb.
C&NW 7802 to C&NW X-301033
 

Lounge — 3 cars
ACF, 1949
Lightweight

Car
Number
Notes and Disposition
C&NW 7900 to Midwest Railroad Historical Society, November 2, 1971
C&NW 7901 to suburban club car 553, November 20, 1975
C&NW 7902 to suburban club car 555, November 20, 1975
   

RPO Postal Storage — 2 cars
ACF, 1949
Lightweight

Car
Number
Notes and Disposition
C&NW 8225 to Great Northern, June 1, 1964
C&NW 8226 to Great Northern, June 1, 1964
   

RPO Postal Storage — 1 car
ACF, 1949
Lightweight

Car
Number
Notes and Disposition
C&NW 8227 to UP (number unknown)
   

RPO Postal Storage — 2 cars
ACF, 1953
Lightweight

Car
Number
Notes and Disposition
C&NW 8900 to C&NW X-300795
C&NW 8901 to C&NW X-251031
 

Baggage Dormitory — 3 cars
ACF, 1949
Lightweight

Car
Number
Notes and Disposition
C&NW 9300 to C&NW X-251032
C&NW 9301 to Northern Pacific, April 13, 1962
C&NW 9302 to C&NW X-300796

Milwaukee Road Cars

Milwaukee Road began operating UP's City trains between Omaha and Chicago on October 30, 1955.

Based on available information, a preliminary list of MILW cars assigned to UP service (and therefore painted UP yellow and gray) includes:

I know for sure that the 170-171 were immediately painted UP colors on the Milwaukee's UP Day. Since the Midwest Hiawatha only consisted of two coaches on the rear of the Challenger with the change they went west. I also recall talking to Henry Castro, the previous owner of the 170 before it went to Kansas City and recall his records showing it going out to the west coast; either LA or SF. In addition to the two diner-Taps, Twin Cities diners 121 and 126 were also painted and assigned. A complete list of the Milwaukee's initial contribution to UP service is at the end of the chapter for the Midwest Hiawatha (page 12) in Morning Sun Milwaukee Road book Volume 4. I derived the list of cars from consist sheets, photos and the 1956 Milwaukee passenger car roster, which denoted cars equipped with 8-foot Nystrom trucks. All four food service cars had the Waukesha self-contained A/C system, which I am sure the UP preferred. (The UP also apparently required the longer wheelbase trucks.) (Bill Strauss, July 22, 2007)

"...All Milwaukee Road equipment assigned to the UP "Cities" service MIDWEST HIAWATHA service was equipped with the 8' Nystrom-design trucks, which was somewhat of a mystery compared to the older, original, and more common, but otherwise identical 7' versions. Milwaukee equipment originally assigned to UP service included M&E 1208, Leg Rest coaches 515-34 and 552-554, diner-lounges 170-171, and diners 124 and 126. These cars were among the first to be repainted in UP colors and were assigned to the CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO. Additional cars assigned included Tap cars 163, 166, and 173; express cars 1311, 1317, 1321, 1326, 1336, and RPO 2175." (quoted from Morning Sun Milwaukee Road, Volume 4, page 12)

The following is from Kratville's "The Union Pacific Streamliners" page 153:

In January 1958 two full length Milw Super domes of the 50 series became idle because of the discontinuing of two trains by that road. All decked out in Streamliner colors, they caused a sensation among those patrons and employees who had never seen such big cars. The Burlington had nothing on their Denver Zephyrs to compare with them!

This regular assignment of these big cars lasted only about a year, however, because on January 11, 1959 the City of Denver and the City of Portland Streamliners were consolidated and operated via Denver as No. 105-106.

According to Milw records, their Super Domes also ran on No. 103-104 for the Holiday Season from December 11, 1963 to January 5, 1964 and on No. 111-112 from May 13-18, 1964 during the shopping of the Union Pacific dome cars.

An accompanying photo is dated August 1969, in Chicago.

Also in Kratville, page 582 is what appears to be a UP publicity photo, without a date or location. The caption says:

No. 112 with a Milw Super Dome and Milw trailing unit. Super Domes were assigned for short period in 1958 to COD and again in the winter of 1963-64.

On page 118 of Joe Welsh's "Union Pacific Streamliners" there is a Kindig photo at Dale, Wyoming dated July 22, 1961 that shows a Milw Super Dome on the second section of Train 104, the eastbound all-coach Challenger.

(Click here to go to a web page about the Milwaukee Road's Super Domes.)

Diner — 6 cars
MILW, 1948
Lightweight

Car
Number
Date
Retired
Disposition
MILW 121 1971  
MILW 122 1971  
MILW 123 1971  
MILW 124 1971  
MILW 125 1971  
MILW 126 1971  

Description:

Length, Over Buffers:
Length, Over Coupler Pulling Faces:
Length, Over End Sills:
Length, Inside:
Truck Centers:
Truck Style: 4-wheel (Pullman 41-BMD-11)

General Notes:

a. Equipped with 48 seats.
b. Equipped with Waukesha self-contained air conditioning.
c. Painted UP yellow and gray
d. MILW 124-126 converted to 32-seat Cafeteria cars in 1965.
e. Source: Jeff Cauthen
 

Diner-Lounge — 2 cars
MILW, 1947
Lightweight

Car
Number
Date
Retired
Disposition
MILW 163 1971 to baggage-dormitory 1355, 1959
MILW 166 1971 to baggage-dormitory 1356, 1959

Description:

Length, Over Buffers:
Length, Over Coupler Pulling Faces:
Length, Over End Sills:
Length, Inside:
Truck Centers:
Truck Style: 4-wheel (Pullman 41-BMD-11)

General Notes:

a. Equipped with 64 seats.
b. Equipped with Waukesha self-contained air conditioning.
c. Both cars converted to Baggage Dormitory cars in 1959
d. Painted UP yellow and gray upon startup of UP/MILW joint operation on November 1, 1955 (Milwaukee's "UP day").
e. Source: Jeff Cauthen
 

Coffee Shop Lounge — 2 cars
MILW, 1948
Lightweight

Car
Number
Disposition
MILW 170 retired, 1971
MILW 171 retired, 1970

Description:

Length, Over Buffers:
Length, Over Coupler Pulling Faces:
Length, Over End Sills:
Length, Inside:
Truck Centers:
Truck Style: 4-wheel (Pullman 41-BMD-11)

General Notes:

a. Equipped with 48 seats (32 seats in diner, 16 seats in lounge).
b. Equipped with Waukesha self-contained air conditioning.
c. Painted UP yellow and gray upon startup of UP/MILW joint operation on November 1, 1955 (Milwaukee's "UP day").
d. Source: Jeff Cauthen
 

Diner-Lounge — 1 car
MILW, 1948
Lightweight

Car
Number
Notes
MILW 173 1

Description:

Length, Over Buffers:
Length, Over Coupler Pulling Faces:
Length, Over End Sills:
Length, Inside:
Truck Centers:
Truck Style: 4-wheel (Pullman 41-BMD-11)

General Notes:

a. Built by Milwaukee Road in May 1948.
b. Equipped with 44 seats (18 seats in diner and 26 seats in bar-lounge).
c. Equipped with Waukesha self-contained air conditioning.
d. Painted UP yellow and gray upon startup of UP/MILW joint operation on November 1, 1955 (Milwaukee's "UP day").
e. Source: Jeff Cauthen

Notes:

1. MILW diner-lounge 173 went to the Oregon Pacific & Eastern Railroad after being retired in 1971 and was purchased from OP&E in 1975 by Los Angeles County (along with sister car MILW 172, five IC coaches and dome-sleeper-observation "Silver Planet" from WP’s contribution to the California Zephyr). The cars were rebuilt in 1976 and assigned to a single Los Angeles-San Diego round trip as the El Camino starting on February 14, 1978 and ran in the service for about six months. They were then stored but held on the roster in 1980.  Under LA County ownership, number 173 carried the name Montebello. The entire set was sold to the Copper Canyon Express Company in Mexico, which operated them in early 1987 between Chihuahua and Los Mochis. Later in 1987, the set was sold to the Chihuahua-Pacific Railway. The former Milw 173 was renumbered and renamed 107-Canon De Urique, although it’s unclear under whose ownership in Mexico this occurred. (update from Randall Davidson, based on information in Wayner's “The Cars That Went to Mexico”)

New York Central Cars

Sleeper — 3 cars
Pullman-Standard, 1948
Lightweight

Car
Number
Date Built Date To
UP Colors
Date
Retired
Notes
Clinton River (NYC) Dec 1948 19 Jan 1954 1 Jul 1958 1
Chicopee River (10200) (NYC) Dec 1948 7 Jun 1954 1 Jul 1958 2
Connecticut River (NYC) Dec 1948 30 Apr 1954 1 Jul 1958 3

Description:

Length, Over Buffers:
Length, Over Coupler Pulling Faces:
Length, Over End Sills:
Length, Inside:
Truck Centers:
Truck Style: 4-wheel (Pullman 41-C-11)

General Notes:

a. 10 Roomette 6 Bedroom
b. Pullman Lot 6790; Pullman Plan 4123
c. Repainted from NYC two-tone gray to UP yellow and gray on the dates shown above. (Note: Correction from Jeff Cauthen states that these three cars were not painted UP yellow and gray.)
d. Source: Pullman Project CCR card spreadsheet compiled by Tom Madden

Notes:

1. NYC "Clinton River" had number 10200 added in 1952 and was equipped with electric braking for assignment to the 20th Century Limited; retired in 1965; sold in September 1966 to NdeM as 529-Corea. (update from Randall Davidson, based on information in Wayner's “The Cars That Went to Mexico”)
2. NYC "Chicopee River" was sold to CN 2086 "Pembina River"
3. NYC "Connecticut River" was sold in August 1965 (to Mexico?)

Pennsylvania Cars

The Pennsylvania cars in transcontinental service that were painted Streamliner colors in 1955 were Bedford Inn, Coatesville Inn, Buffalo Rapids, Stoney Rapids and Tippecanoe Rapids. All had gray trucks and all were repainted Tuscan Gray with black trucks before 1959, so none ever had trucks that were painted aluminum. Photos of Buffalo Rapids and Bedford Inn, both taken in 1957, show them in Yellow and Gray with gray trucks. Buffalo Rapids was painted two-tone gray from September 1950 through May 1955, when it was repainted Yellow and Gray. It was repainted Tuscan Red in June 1958. (Robert Darwin, email dated June 19, 2013)

Sleeper — 1 car
AC&F, 1950
Lightweight

Car
Number
Date
Built
Date To
UP Colors
Date
Retired
Notes and Disposition
Buffalo Rapids (8443) (PRR) Oct 1950 6 May 1955 1 Jul 1968 to D. J. Joseph Co., July 1971

Description:

Length, Over Buffers:
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Truck Centers:
Truck Style:

General Notes:

a. 10 Roomette 6 Bedroom
b. AC&F Lot 9200; AC&F Plan 9008
c. Delivered in UP two-tone gray; repainted to UP yellow and gray on date shown above.
d. (June 1946 to Oct 1957, car assigned in later years of service)
e. Source: Pullman Project CCR card spreadsheet compiled by Tom Madden
 

Observation — 1 car
(builder?), ca. 1938
Lightweight

Car
Number
Date
Built
Date To
UP Colors
Notes and Disposition
Samuel Vaughn Merrick   25 Nov 1953 Leased to UP from April 1952 to March 1955

Description:

Length, Over Buffers:
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General Notes:

a. Leased to UP in April 1952 for service on City of Los Angeles; "Pennsylvania" lettering changed to "Pullman" on 25 November 1952; painted UP yellow and gray on 25 November 1953; lease ended in March 1955; repainted to GN on 6 June 1955 (for service on Empire Builder?); repainted to CRI&P for service on Quad Cities Rocket (dates?)
b. Car painted in yellow and harbor mist gray to match Domeliner equipment
c. Samuel Vaughn Merrick was painted yellow and gray earlier and repainted Tuscan Red in 1955, so it could never have had aluminum trucks. (Robert Darwin, email dated June 19, 2013)
d. Sources: Pullman Project CCR card spreadsheet compiled by Tom Madden, emails from Dick Harley, Robert Darwin, and Jonathan Boyle.
 

Sleeper — 2 cars
Pullman-Standard, 1949
Lightweight

Car
Number
Date
Built
Date To
UP Colors
Date
Retired
Notes and Disposition
Stoney Rapids (8324) (PRR) Dec 1948 9 Jun 1955 1 Jul 1968 to Luntz Corp, May 1970
Tippecanoe Rapids (8327) (PRR) Dec 1948 29 Apr 1955 1 Jul 1968 to PC 4337

Description:

Length, Over Buffers:
Length, Over Coupler Pulling Faces:
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Length, Inside:
Truck Centers:
Truck Style:

General Notes:

a. 10 Roomette 6 Bedroom
b. Pullman Lot 6792; Pullman Plan 4140
c. Cars painted in yellow and harbor mist gray to match Domeliner equipment
d. Source: Pullman Project CCR card spreadsheet compiled by Tom Madden
 

Sleeper — 2 cars
Budd, 1949
Lightweight

Car
Number
Date
Built
Date To
UP Colors
Notes and Disposition
Bedford Inn (PRR) Feb 1949 28 Sep 1956 Repainted to PRR colors on 26 April 1957
Coatesville Inn (PRR) Mar 1949 28 Sep 1956 Repainted to PRR colors on 19 April 1957

Description:

Length, Over Buffers:
Length, Over Coupler Pulling Faces:
Length, Over End Sills:
Length, Inside:
Truck Centers:
Truck Style:

General Notes:

a. Bedford Inn and Coatesville Inn were also assigned a modified floor plan by Pullman during the period. These accommodations were sold as an economy accommodation between Chicago and Denver in competition with the Slumbercoaches on CB&Q's Denver Zephyr. (information from Brian Norden via email on August 19, 2009)
b. Bedford Inn and Coatesville Inn were painted Yellow and Gray in 1956 for use as "Slumbercoaches" on the "City of Denver." This was an experiment by the UP to compete with the Burlington, but it was short-lived and the idea was abandoned in May 1957, after which the cars were returned to the Pennsy and repainted Tuscan Red. (Robert Darwin, email dated June 20, 2013)

Southern Pacific Cars

(See also "American" series sleepers)

Coach — 2 cars
Budd, 1954
Lightweight

Car
Number
Notes and Disposition
SP 2362 Sold to Amtrak
SP 2363 Sold to Amtrak

General Notes:

a. SP Class 83-C-4.
b. Built in March 1954.
c. Source: Jeff Cauthen.
 

Coach — 2 cars
Pullman-Standard, 1949
Lightweight

Car
Number
Notes and Disposition
SP 2379 held for service
SP 2380 held for service

General Notes:

a. SP Class 83-C-2.
b. Equipped with 44 seats.
c. Source: Jeff Cauthen.
 

Lounge — 1 car
Pullman-Standard, 1949
Lightweight

Car
Number
Date
Built
Notes and Disposition
SP 2986 Dec 1949 To SP 206 in 1971; to SP 216 in 1975; to SP 289

General Notes:

a. Planned to be named "Golden Vision" for Golden State service, but entered service painted yellow for City of San Francisco service.
b. Painted UP yellow and gray.
c. SP Class 83-L-1
d. Pullman-Standard Lot 6805
e. David Seidel shows the SP Lounge as SP 2996, and as being changed to SP 216 as a staff conference car; Jeff Cauthen corrected the number from SP 2996 to SP 2986.
f. Source: Jeff Cauthen
 

Baggage Dormitory — 1 car
Pullman-Standard, 1949
Lightweight

Car
Number
Notes and Disposition
SP 3101  
 

RPO Postal Storage — 2 cars
Pullman-Standard, 1949
Lightweight

Car
Number
Notes and Disposition
SP 5003  
SP 5004  
 

Sleeper — 5 cars
Pullman-Standard, 1950
Lightweight

Car
Number
Notes
SP 9040  
SP 9041  
SP 9042  
SP 9043 1
SP 9044  

General Notes:

a. 10 Roomette 6 Bedroom
b. Rear end operation

Notes:

1. SP 10-6 sleeper 9043 was rebuilt with blunt end in May 1953; retired in 1968; sold to Roy Hofheinz, then to RAILCO, then to Craig Rasmussen of Los Angeles; leased to Overland Rail Travel Corporation and named "Truckee River”; sold to Mexico in 1979 as Servicio de Coches Dormitorios (SCD) SCD 703 "Inglaterra". (update from Randall Davidson, based on information in Wayner's "The Cars That Went to Mexico")
 

Sleeper — 1 car
Pullman-Standard, 1950
Lightweight

Car
Number
Notes and Disposition
SP 9045  

General Notes:

a. 10 Roomette 6 Bedroom
 

Diner — 5 cars
Pullman-Standard, 1949
Lightweight

Car
Number
Date
Built
Notes and Disposition
SP 10202 Oct 1949 Retired by SP; leased to Amtrak in 1971; renumbered to Amtrak 8504 in 1974; retired by Amtrak in 1976 and sold.
SP 10203 Oct 1949 Retired by SP in 1968, to SPMW
SP 10204 Oct 1949 Retired by SP, leased to Amtrak in 1971; renumbered to Amtrak 8500 in 1974; retired by Amtrak in 1977 and sold.
SP 10205 Oct 1949 Retired by SP in 1968; to SPMW service.
SP 10206 Dec 1949 (see note below)
SP 10209 Oct 1949 Retired by SP; leased to Amtrak in 1971; retired by Amtrak.

General Notes:

a. SP 10202-10205 were built for San Francisco Overland service; painted two-tone gray, then painted UP yellow and gray; SP 10202 only, painted to simulate stainless steel.
b. SP 10209 was built for City of San Francisco service; painted UP yellow and gray.
c. SP Class 83-D-1
d. Pullman-Standard Lot 6806; Plan 7579-A
e. David Seidel shows SP 10205 as being rebuilt to Coffee Shop Lounge.
f. David Seidel shows SP 10206 as being part of the SP-UP yellow and gray Overland pool; Jeff Cauthen shows that SP 10206 (SP Class 83-D-2, Pullman-Standard Lot 6806, Plan 7561, built Dec 1949) was built for SP's Golden State service.

Wabash Cars

(See also "Western" series sleepers)
(See also "National" series sleepers)

Dome Coach — 1 car
Pullman-Standard, 1958
Lightweight

Car
Number
Notes and Disposition
WAB 203 to Norfolk & Western 1613, to Southern 1613, to Quebec North Shore & Labrador

Wabash 203 was built in November 1958 at the same time as UP 7011-7015, which were themselves the last dome cars built for Union Pacific. Wabash 203, and UP 7011-7015, were initially assigned to City of St. Louis service, with Wabash 203 being in full UP yellow and gray colors, but with its Wabash name spelled out in UP's distinctive red lettering.

Wabash was leased to N&W in 1964, and the car became N&W 1613 in March 1966. The car remained in UP colors, with Norfolk & Western spelled out, until it was repainted to N&W's Blue and Aluminum colors upon the cancellation of the City of St. Louis pool in (?). Sold to Central of Georgia 1613 in 1970, to Southern 1613 in 1971 after Amtrak brought an end to Central of Georgia's passenger service. Car sold during 1979 to Quebec North Shore & Labrador; repainted boxcar brown as QNS&L 13510; repainted in 1993 into a new silver and red scheme.

Coach — 4 cars
ACF, 1950
Lightweight

Car
Number
Notes and Disposition
WAB 1427 to NW 1934 to Steelmet Inc to Auto-Train 576 (scrapped)
WAB 1429 to NW 1935 to Steelmet Inc to Auto-Train 572 (scrapped)
WAB 1429 to NW 1936 to Steelmet Inc to Auto-Train 574 (scrapped)
WAB 1430 to NW 1937 to Steelmet Inc to Auto-Train 570
 

Coach — 1 car
Pullman-Standard, 1950
Lightweight

Car
Number
Notes and Disposition
WAB 1431 ex Union Pacific 5400 to NW 1939 to NW 900 (staff car)

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