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The following is compiled from excerpts from The Official Pullman-Standard Library, Volume 13 and Volume 14, by W. David Randall and William G. Anderson, published in 1993.

Evolution Of The First Through Tenth Streamliners

First Train

    Plan Vol 13 Page
M-10000 600 HP Distillate Power. Baggage-Mail 7335 10
10400 60-seat Coach 7336 11
Overland Trail 8 Section, 1 Double Bedroom, 1 Compartment (added on May 23, 1934; removed late 1934; to Revised Second Train in May 1935) 4034A 22
10401 56-seat Coach Buffet 7337 12

The story begins in May 1933 with the order for a three-unit Streamliner to be known as the M-10000. This was delivered on February 12, 1934. The only change to the consist throughout its life was the addition on May 23, 1934 of the sleeping car Overland Trail between the two coaches for exhibition at the Century of Progress that year.

After the fair closed, the car was removed and added to the Revised 2nd Train. This three-unit consist began revenue service between Kansas City and Salina, Kansas, on January 30, 1935 and was named City of Salina in February 1936. The three units were removed from service in February 1942 and scrapped for the war effort in April 1942.

Second Train

    Plan Vol 13 Page
M-10001 900 HP Diesel Power (engine used in M-10002 booster in May 1936) 7338 19
12200 Baggage Mail (rebuilt to Baggage Mail Dormitory in May 1935) 7339 20
E. H. Harriman 10 Section, 1 Bedroom, 1 Compartment (rebuilt to Diner Lounge in May 1935) 4035A 21
Abraham Lincoln 10 Section, 1 Bedroom, 1 Compartment 4035A 21
Oregon Trail 8 Section, 1 Bedroom, 1 Compartment 4034A 22
10402 56-seat Coach Buffet 7337 12

The Second Train M-10001 was ordered in June 1933 with a 900 HP Winton Diesel power unit and six trailing cars. At some time during construction it was decided that 900 HP could pull only five cars instead of the six ordered. For publicity purposes one of the sleeping cars was hurriedly completed by May 1934 for exhibit at the Century of Progress along with the M-10000. The power unit and five cars were delivered on October 1, 1934 and made the famous record breaking transcontinental run from Los Angeles to New York on October 22-25 of that year. After this trip and extensive tour, the six cars plus Overland Trail went back to Pullman and modifications made for future revenue service.

Second Train [Revised]

    Plan Vol 13 Page
M-10001 New 1200 HP Diesel locomotive 7340B 130
12200 Baggage Mail Dorm 7339 20
10300 Diner Lounge (rebuilt from 10 Section, 1 Bedroom, 1 Compartment E. H. Harriman in May 1935) 7355 130
Overland Trail 8 Section, 1 Bedroom, 1 Compartment 4034A 22
Abraham Lincoln 10 Section, 1 Bedroom, 1 Compartment 4035A 21
Oregon Trail 8 Section, 1 Bedroom, 1 Compartment 4034A 22
10402 56-seat Coach Buffet 7337 12

To facilitate revenue service several modifications were made to the original Second Train. A year earlier, in November 1933, two train sets, each with a 1200 HP locomotive and eight trailing cars was ordered; the details of which will be described later. One of these 1200 HP locomotives was assigned to power the M-10001. Instead of its intended train, the 900 HP locomotive built for the M-10001 was rebuilt as a Booster unit for the 3rd Train. For this program, the 10-1-1 sleeping car E. H. Harriman was fully rebuilt to a Diner Lounge car numbered 10300, and the Baggage Mail 12200 rebuilt to a Baggage Mail Dormitory car. The unsightly lumps were added to house air conditioning equipment.

This work was completed May 1935 and went into service on June 6, 1935 as the City of Portland between Chicago and Portland. Shortly after service began, the train was sideswiped and went back to Pullman for repairs. At this time space was found inside for the air conditioning equipment and the lumps removed. The M-10001 Revised consist remained in this service until March 28, 1939. The mechanical equipment from the 1200 HP locomotive was used in building the CD-07-C delivered December 1939. The six cars were stored at Omaha until August 13, 1941 when they were retired and scrapped for the war effort.

Third Train

    Plan Vol 13 Page
M-10002A 1200 HP Diesel locomotive. Sold to Northrop Hendy in 1946 7357A 31
M-10002B 900 HP Diesel locomotive (Engine from original M-10001. Sold to Northrop Hendy in 1946 7338B 32
12201 Auxiliary Power-Baggage-Mail (scrapped 1944) 7341C 33
12760 Baggage Dormitory Kitchen (scrapped 1944) 7342C 34
10301 Diner Lounge (stored 1943; scrapped 1951) 7356A 35
Santa Anita 11 Section (to Revised 4th Train 10/41) 4037B 36
Mormon Trail 7 Bedroom, 2 Compartment (to Revised 4th Train 8/38) 4039D 37
Cinema 11 Section (to Revised 4th Train 12/43) 4037B 36
Boulder Canyon 11 Enclosed Section (to Revised 4th Train 2/24/46) 40388 38
10403 48-seat Coach (to Revised 4th Train 10/41 as CP-408) 7343E 39
10404 38-seat Coach Buffet (scrapped 1944) 7344C 40

In November of 1933, two train sets, each with a 1200 HP locomotive and eight trailing cars were ordered for California service. No dining or lounge car service was to be provided. Sleeping car passengers were to have been served at their seats from the kitchen in the Baggage Dormitory and Coach passengers would be served at their seats from the Buffet in the rear. Again during construction it was decided that 1200 HP was insufficient to pull eight cars. To solve this problem on March 1935 UP ordered a 1200 HP locomotive and a 1200 HP booster unit (M-10004A and B) to pull one of the trains. At this time one of the locomotives ordered in November 1933 was assigned to the Second Revised Train and the 900 HP power unit from the original Second Train became a booster operating with the other unit ordered in November 1933. Because the new power arrangement could handle more cars, two Diner Lounge cars were ordered in March 1935 to be served from the original kitchen.

The third Train ran as the City of Los Angeles from May 1, 1936 to August 1938. On March 28, 1939 (without Mormon Trail) this consist began service as the City of Portland. It was withdrawn from City of Portland in August 1941 and assigned as a Portland-Seattle connection to the City of Portland on April 12, 1942. The remaining set: locomotive and booster, plus four cars were stored in Denver on March 13, 1942 and scrapped or sold as shown above.

Fourth Train

    Plan Vol 13 Page
M-10004A 1200 HP Diesel Locomotive (renumbered to LA-4A 8/38; rebuilt to Booster unit CD-06-C 9/39) 7358 83
M-10004B 1200 HP Diesel Locomotive (renumbered to LA-4B 8/38; renumbered again to CD-05-C 8/39) 7359 84
12202 Auxiliary Power-Baggage Mail (rebuilt to Observation Lounge LA-402 Copper King 8/38) 7341C 33
12761 Baggage Dorm Kitchen (rebuilt to Kitchen Cafe LA-603 8/38) 7342C 34
10302 Diner Lounge (rebuilt to full Diner LA-604 8/38) 7356A 35
Hawaii 11 Section (to Revised 4th Train 8/38) 4037B 36
Lanai 7 Bedroom, 2 Compartment (to Revised 4th Train 8/38) 4039D 37
Honolulu 11 Section (to Revised 4th Train 8/38) 4037B 36
Oahu 11 Enclosed Section (to Revised 4th Train 8/38) 4038B 38
10405 48-seat Coach (renumbered LA-404 8/38 for Revised 4th Train) 7343E 39
10406 38-seat Coach Buffet (rebuilt to 40-seat Coach in 8/38 for Revised 4th Train) 7344C 40

The other consist ordered in November 1933 became the Fourth Train. It ran from June 14, 1936 to January 2, 1938 as the City of San Francisco. By this time the 7th and 8th train were running and the UP was getting a better idea of what travelers demanded for transcontinental service. To accommodate these needs the entire 4th Train plus MORMON TRAIL from the 3rd Train plus an Auxiliary Power-Baggage from the 5th Train made up the Revised 4th Train. Five of the cars were rebuilt: A dormitory was installed in Auxiliary Power-Baggage CD-10 ex 11700. Buffet Coach 10406 was rebuilt to a mid-train 40-seat Coach. A cafe for coach passengers replaced the Baggage and Dormitory in 12761. Diner Lounge 10302 was converted to a full Diner. Baggage Mail 12202 was rebuilt to the Observation Lounge COPPER KING. The LA-4 cab and booster power units were removed in April 1939 and replaced by E3 cab unit LA-5 and E3 booster unit LA-6. The LA-4 cab and booster units were rebuilt, renumbered and assigned to the 5th and 6th train in August and September 1939.

Fourth Train [Revised]

    Plan Vol 13 Page
LA-4A 1200 HP Diesel Locomotive (ex M-10004A. Rebuilt to Booster unit CD-06-C 9/39 7358 83
LA-4B 1200 HP Diesel Locomotive (ex M-10004B. Renumbered CD-05C 8/39 7359 84
LA-102 Auxiliary Power-Baggage-Dormitory (ex 11700 // CD-10)   210
LA-403 40-seat Coach (ex Coach-Buffet 10406)   211
LA-404 48-seat Coach (ex 10405) 7343E 39
CP-408 48-seat Coach (ex 10403) (from 3rd Train 10/41) 7343E 39
LA-603 Kitchen Cafe (ex 12761)   212
LA-604 Full Diner (ex 10302)   213
Boulder Canyon 11 Enclosed Section (from 3rd Train 2/46) 4038B 38
Hawaii 11 Section 4037B 36
Santa Anita 11 Section (from 3rd Train 10/41) 4037B 36
Cinema 11 Section (from 3rd Train 12/43) 4037B 36
Lanai 7 Bedroom, 2 Compartment 4039D 37
Mormon Trail 7 Bedroom, 2 Compartment (from 3rd Train 8/38) 4039D 37
Honolulu 11 Section 4037B 36
Oahu 11 Enclosed Section 4038B 38
LA-402 Copper King Observation Lounge (ex 12202)   214

The revised 4th Train ran as the City of Los Angeles from August 1938 to August 1941. All of the LA prefix became CP for the City of Portland in August 1941 February 23, 1947 when it was stored. Beginning on October 1, 1947 and into spring 1948 the consist substituted as one of the City of Denver sets while its regular consists were shopped. The CP prefix all became CD for this service. All of the cars were scrapped in 1951.

Fifth Train

      Plan Vol 13 Page
M-10005A CD-05A 1200 HP Locomotive 7358 83
M-10005B CD-05B 1200 HP Booster 7359 84
  CD-05C 1200 HP Booster (ex LA-4B; added 8/39) 7359 84
11700 CD-10 Auxiliary Power-Baggage (to Revised 4th Train 8/38) 7371A 86
  CD-13 Auxiliary Power-Baggage. Added 8/38 (ex spare Baggage CD-20, originally 11704) 7371A 86
12203 CD-30 Baggage Mall 7370 93
11701 CD-70 Dormitory Tavern (rebuilt to mid train Dormitory Lounge in 1945 and placed behind the Diner) 7371B 94
10407 CD-40 50-seat Coach (Men's Room) 7372 103
10408 CD-41 50-seat Coach (Women's Room) 7373 104
10303 CD-61 Diner Lounge (Lounge removed 12/42) 7374 111
Cache La Poudre   12 Open Section 4053 112
Squaw Bonnet   8 Enclosed Section, 2 Bedroom, 1 Compartment 4054 124
Denargo   4 Roomette, 3 Compartment, 1 Drawing Room, 3 Bedroom (added May 1939) 4083 123
Sliver Dollar   12 Open Section 4053 112
Ogallala   5 Bedroom, 1 Compartment, Observation Lounge 4055 129

Sixth Train

      Plan Vol 13 Page
M-10006A CD-06A 1200 HP Locomotive 7358 83
M-10006B CD-06B 1200 HP Booster 7359 84
  CD-06C 1200 HP Booster (ex LA-4A added 9/39)    
11702 CD-11 Auxiliary Power-Baggage 7371A 86
12204 CD-31 Baggage-Mail 7370 93
11703 CD-71 Dormitory Tavern (rebuilt to mid train Dormitory Lounge in 1945 and located behind the Diner) 7371B 94
10409 CD-42 50-seat Coach (Men's Room) 7372 103
10410 CD-43 50-seat Coach (Women's Room) 7373 104
10304 CD-60 Diner Lounge (Lounge removed 2/43) 7374 111
Big Piney   12 Open Section 4053 112
Snowy Range   8 Enclosed Section, 2 Bedroom, 1 Compartment 4054 124
South Platte   4 Roomette, 3 Compartment, 1 Drawing Room, 3 Bedroom (added 5/39) 4083 123
St Vrains   12 Open Section 4053 112
Colores   5 Bedroom, 1 Compartment, Observation Lounge 4055 129

Spare Units

      Plan Vol 13 Page
11704 CD-20 Baggage car (rebuilt to Auxiliary Power-Baggage CD-13 in 8/38) 7371 85
11705 CD-12 Baggage car (rebuilt to Auxiliary Power-Baggage CD-12 in 1937) 7371 85
M-10003A CD-07A 1200 HP Locomotive 7358 83
M-10003B CD-07B 1200 HP Booster 7359 84
  CD-07C 1200 HP Booster. Built in Omaha Shops 12/39 using some of the mechanical equipment from the 1200 HP M-10001 which had recently been retired    

The fifth and sixth trains went into service pretty much as ordered. In 1937 all non Pullman cars were renumbered with a CD prefix. The two plain Baggage cars would have been CD-20 and 21 but the 11705 was rebuilt with a spare Auxiliary Power unit and became CD-12 instead. CD-10 was withdrawn from the 5th Train in 1938 for the Revised 4th Train and CD-20 then had an Auxiliary Power unit installed, became CD-13, and assigned to the 5th Train replacing CD-10. There are now three Baggage cars with Auxiliary Power: CD-11, CD-12, and CD-13. By 1939 an extra sleeping car was added and more power was needed. The former LA-4A and LA-4B were rebuilt and renumbered CD-05C and CD-06C for these trains. Meanwhile in 1937 the spare M-10003 A & B units were renumbered CD-07-A and CD-07-B. A third unit was needed so in 12/39 a new booster numbered CD-07-C was built by UP utilizing some of the parts out of the 1200 HP M-10001. Both train sets ran as the City of Denver their entire life except for a period in 1947 and 1948 when one set was withdrawn at a time for extensive maintenance. Both train sets were retired 1/53 and all but two of the cars and locomotives scrapped that year. One of the Baggage Mall cars is CNW Tool car X250398 and one of the Lounge Dormitory cars is CNW Diner Bunk car X300902.

Here is a recap of the locomotives and cars built new for the Streamliners First through Sixth trains.

These are the major changes to the consists. To show all of the minor changes would have greatly complicated this story. We credit Zenon R. Hansen of Chicago for the research on these Streamliners.

Seventh Train

    Plan Vol 13 Page  
LA-101 Auxiliary Power-Baggage-Dormitory 7393 137  
LA-401 Las Vegas 52-seal Coach 7394 138  
LA-402 Salt Lake 52-seat Coach 7395 145  
LA-601 Biltmore Coffee Shop Kitchen 7396 115  
LA-602 Ambassador (1st) Full Dining car 7397 156 to SF-606 Mission Dolores (2nd) in 1939
LA-701 Little Nugget Dormitory Club Lounge 7398A 166  
Santa Monica 4 Compartment, 3 Drawing Room 4063B 183  
Wilshire (1st) 12 Open Section 4064 184 to Union Square (2nd) in 1941
San Dominguez (1st) 4 Compartment, 3 Drawing Room 4063B 183 to Seal Rocks (2nd) in 1941
San Fernando 13 Roomette, 1 Section 4073 187  
Arroyo Seco 11 Double Bedroom 4067A 188  
Beverly Hills 12 Enclosed Section 4064A 191  
Rose Bowl (1st) 12 Duplex Single Room, 5 Double Bedroom 4066A 195 to Telegraph Hill (2nd) in 1941
LA 901 Sun Valley Observation Buffet Lounge 7399 196  

Eighth Train

    Plan Vol 13 Page  
SF-101 Auxiliary Power-Baggage-Dormitory 7393 137  
SF-401 Market Street 54-Seat Coach 7400 146  
SF-601 Presidio Coffee Shop-Kitchen 7396 115 wrecked in August 1939
SF-602 Mission Dolores (1st) Full Dining car 7397 156 wrecked in August 1939
SF-701 Embarcadero (1st) Dormitory-Club-Lounge 7398 165 wrecked in August 1939
Twin Peaks 4 Compartment, 3 Drawing Room 4063B 183 wrecked in August 1939
Chinatown 12 Open Section 4064 184 wrecked in August 1939
Fishermans Wharf 4 Compartment, 3 Drawing Room 4063B 183  
Golden Gate Park 12 Open Section 4064 184  
Seal Rocks (1st) 11 Double Bedroom 4067A 188 to San Dominguez (2nd) in 1941
Union Square (1st) 12 Open Section 4064 184 to Wilshire (2nd) in 1941
Telegraph Hill (1st) 18 Roomettes 4068A 192 to Rose Bowl (2nd) in 1941
Portsmouth Square 12 Duplex Single Room, 5 Double Bedroom 4066A 195  
SF 901 Nob Hill Observation Buffet Lounge 7399 196  

Several of the 1937 cars were renamed and re-articulated as part of four consists made up mid 1941 using new cars built by Pullman Standard.

1941 Changes

In 1941 the Union Pacific jointly with the SP and C&NW acquired 37 cars from Pullman Standard to make up essentially two new Streamliner train sets. Five of the 28 cars built in 1937 were wrecked in 1939 leaving 23 which were combined with the 37 new cars (total of 60 cars) to make up four 14 car Streamliners (56 cars) plus four spare cars. The four new consists are listed below:

Seventh Train [Revised]

City Of Los Angeles

    Plan Vol 14 Page  
LA-101 Baggage Dormitory     1937 car, See Vol. 13
LA-401 Las Vegas 52-seat Coach     1937 car, See Vol. 13
LA-402 Salt Lake 52-seat Coach     1937 car, See Vol. 13
LA-611 Mission Inn Cafe Lounge car 7446 34  
LA-607 Biltmore Dining car 7447 45  
LA-701 Little Nugget Club Lounge Dormitory     1937 car, See Vol. 13
Arroyo Seco 11 Bedrooms     1937 car, See Vol. 13
Beverly Hills 12 Enclosed Sections     1937 car, See Vol. 13
Santa Monica 4 Compartment, 3 Drawing Room     1937 car, See Vol. 13
San Fernando 13 Roomettes     1937 car, See Vol. 13
Cabrillo 4 Double Bedroom, 4 Compartment, 2 Drawing Room 4069F 81  
Figueroa 4 Double Bedroom, 4 Compartment, 2 Drawing Room 4069F 81  
Arcadia 4 Double Bedroom 4 Compartment, 2 Drawing Room 4069F 81  
LA-901 Sun Valley Observation Club Lounge     1937 car, See Vol. 13

Eighth Train [Revised]

City Of San Francisco

    Plan Vol 14 Page  
SF-101 Power Baggage Dorm     1937 car, See Vol. 13
SF-401 Market Street 54-seat Coach     1937 car, See Vol. 13
SF-605 Presidio (ex LA-601 Biltmore, 1st) Cafe Kitchen     1937 car, See Vol. 13
SF-606 Mission Dolores (2nd) (ex LA-602 Ambassador) Full Dining car     1937 car, See Vol. 13
SF-702 Embarcadero (2nd) Club Lounge Dormitory 7450 56  
Fishermans Wharf 4 Compartment, 3 Drawing Room     1937 car, See Vol. 13
Golden Gate Park 12 Sections     1937 car, See Vol. 13
Portsmouth Square 12 Duplex Single Room, 5 Double Bedroom     1937 car, See Vol. 13
Ferry Building 10 Roomette, 5 Double Bedroom 4072D 82  
Twin Peaks 4 Double Bedroom, 4 Compartment, 2 Drawing Room 4069F 81  
Chinatown 4 Double Bedroom, 4 Compartment, 2 Drawing Room 4069F 81  
Yerba Buena 4 Double Bedroom, 4 Compartment, 2 Drawing Room 4069F 81  
Cliff House 4 Double Bedroom, 4 Compartment, 2 Drawing Room 4069F 81  
SF-901 Nob Hill Observation Club Lounge     1937 car, See Vol. 13

Ninth Train

City Of Los Angeles

    Plan Vol 14 Page  
LA-103 Baggage Dormitory 7443 25  
LA-405 Pasadena 48-seat Coach 7444 26  
LA-406 Boulder City 48-seat Coach 7445 33  
LA-612 Hacienda Cafe Lounge 7446 34  
LA 608 Ambassador (2nd) Dining car 7447 45  
LA-703 Hollywood Club Lounge 7451A 68  
San Dominguez (ex Seal Rocks) 11 Bedrooms     1937 car, See Vol. 13
Wilshire (ex Union Square) 12 Sections     1937 car, See Vol. 13
Rose Bowl (ex Telegraph Hill) 18 Roomettes     1937 car, See Vol. 13
Los Feliz 4 Double Bedroom, 4 Compartment, 2 Drawing Room 4069F 81  
San Gabriel 4 Double Bedroom, 4 Compartment, 2 Drawing Room 4069F 81  
Olvera 4 Double Bedroom, 4 Compartment, 2 Drawing Room 4069F 81  
Playa Del Rey 4 Double Bedroom, 4 Compartment, 2 Drawing Room 4069F 81  
Baldy Mountain 4 Double Bedroom, Observation Lounge 4096A 93  

Tenth Train

City Of San Francisco

    Plan Vol 14 Page  
SF-104 Baggage Dormitory 7443 25  
SF-407 Montgomery Street 48-seat Coach 7444 26  
SF-609 Fort Mason Cafe Kitchen 7448 46  
SF-610 St Francis Woods Full Dining car 7449 55  
SF-704 Marina Club Lounge 7451 67  
Seal Rocks (ex San Dominguez) 4 Compartment, 3 Drawing Room     1937 car, See Vol. 13
Union Square (ex Wilshire) 12 Sections     1937 car, See Vol. 13
Telegraph Hill (ex Rose Bowl) 12 Duplex Single Room, 4 Double Bedroom     1937 car, See Vol. 13
Rincon Hill 10 Roomette, 5 Double Bedroom 4072D 82  
Sutro Heights 4 Double Bedroom, 4 Compartment, 2 Drawing Room 4069F 81  
North Beach 4 Double Bedroom, 4 Compartment, 2 Drawing Room 4069F 81  
Hunters Point 4 Double Bedroom, 4 Compartment, 2 Drawing Room 4069F 81  
Civic Center 4 Double Bedroom, 4 Compartment, 2 Drawing Room 4069F 81  
Russian Hill 4 Double Bedroom, Observation Lounge 4096A 93  

Extra Sleeping cars for 7th and 9th Trains (COLA):

Palos Verdes 4 Double Bedroom, 4 Compartment, 2 Drawing Room Plan 4069F
Verdugo 4 Double Bedroom, 4 Compartment, 2 Drawing Room Plan 4069F

Extra Sleeping cars for 8th and 10th Trains (COSF):

Angel Island 4 Double Bedroom, 4 Compartment, 2 Drawing Room Plan 4069F
Lakeside 4 Double Bedroom, 4 Compartment, 2 Drawing Room Plan 4069F

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