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UP McKeen Motor Cars -- 27 cars

Road
Number
Previous
Number
Date
Acquired
Date
Built
Power
Plant
Builder
Number
Body
Length
Date
Retired
Notes
1     Mar 1905 Riotti 100hp 1 31' Jun 1913 1
2     Sep 1905 Riotti 100hp 2 55'-2" Jan 1915 2
M-3 3   Nov 1905 Riotti 100hp 3 55'-2" Sep 1924 3
M-4 (1st) 4   Feb 1906 Riotti 100hp 4 55'-2" Nov 1922 4
M-4 (2nd) GW M-2 Sep 1928 Jan 1911 McKeen 200hp   70'-0" Apr 1946 5
5     Dec 1905 Riotti 100hp 5 55'-2" Apr 1916 6
M-5 GW M-1 Sep 1928 Dec 1910 McKeen 200hp     Dec 1944 7
M-6 6   Dec 1905 Riotti 100hp 6 55'-2" Dec 1940 8
M-7 7 Dec 1907 Mar 1906 Riotti 100hp 7   Dec 1928 9
M-8 8   Aug 1906 McKeen 200hp 8   Sep 1929 10
M-9 (1st) 9   Jul 1906 McKeen 200hp 9   Nov 1922 11
M-9 (2nd) S&EV M-1 Nov 1928 Oct 1911 Samet 150hp 122 55'-2" Jun 1945 12
M-10 10   Jul 1907 McKeen 200hp 10 55'-2" Apr 1934 13
M-11 11   Jul 1907 Sterling 180hp 11 55'-2" Jul 1942 14
M-12 12   Aug 1907 McKeen 200hp 12 55'-2" Jun 1940 15
M-13 13   Sep 1907 McKeen 200hp 13 55'-2" Jun 1936 16
M-14 StJ&GI 113 Jul 1917 Jan 1910 McKeen 200hp 70 70'-0" Aug 1935 17
M-15 OSL M-62 Oct 1917 Jul 1911 McKeen 200hp 115 70'-0" 1944 18
M-16 OSL M-63 Oct 1917 Jul 1911 McKeen 200hp 116   Sep 1952 19
M-17 17   Oct 1907 McKeen 200hp 17 55'-2" 1940 20
M-18 OSL M-65 Oct 1917 Sep 1911 McKeen 200hp 118   May 1934 21
M-19 19   Dec 1907 McKeen 200hp 19 55'-2" Jul 1942 22
M-20 20   Dec 1908 McKeen 200hp 31 55'-2" Dec 1944 23
M-21 21   Sep 1909 McKeen 200hp 54 70'-0" Jan 1948 24
M-22 22   Nov 1909 McKeen 200hp 55 70'-0" May 1945 25
M-23     May 1915 McKeen 200hp   70'-0" Jun 1947 26
M-24     Dec 1917 McKeen 200hp   70'-0" May 1949 27
M-25 AT&SF M-102 Nov 1922 Jul 1910 McKeen 200hp   70'-0" Dec 1944 28

General Notes:

a. All cars used either gasoline or distillate fuel, except M-9 which used butane fuel.
b. All were built with McKeen's 200-horsepower distillate engine, except as noted above. M-15 was converted from a distillate engine to a butane engine.
c. All were originally built with mechanical transmissions; the following four cars were converted to electric tranmission on the following dates:
  Car
Number
Date
Converted
  M-11 May 1925
  M-21 Jul 1942
  M-23 Nov 1928
  M-24 Nov 1928
d. A total of five cars, M-4 (2nd); M-5 (2nd); M-9 (2nd); M-14; and M-25, were purchased second hand.
e. Three cars, M-15, M-16, and M-18 were transferred from UP's Oregon Short Line subsidiary in October 1917.
f. M-23 and M-24 were repainted to UP's yellow and brown Streamliner colors in about 1934; repainted back to Olive Green by 1944, as shown in a photo of M-23 at Lincoln in 1944. (see The Streamliner, Volume 8, Number 4, page 16)

Notes:

1. UP 1 (disposition unknown)
2. UP 2 was destroyed by fire in January 1915.
3. UP M-3 was sold to OSL M-62 (2nd) in September 1924.
4. UP M-4 (1st) was destroyed by the same fire that also destroyed the Grand Island, Nebraska, roundhouse in November 1922; salvaged engine was used in M-22.
5. UP M-4 (2nd) was purchased from Great Western Railway M-1 in September 1928; scrapped in April 1946.
6. UP 5 (disposition unknown)
7. UP M-5 was purchased from Great Western Railway M-2 in September 1928; (disposition unknown).
8. UP M-6; body was replaced in April 1925 with body acquired from Midland Valley Railroad (built January 1911); wrecked on December 5, 1940 at Millard, Nebraska, scrapped in December 1940.
9. UP M-7 was built for Erie Railroad no. 4000; sold to UP in December 1907; converted to trailer T-18.
10. UP M-8 was converted to trailer T-19.
11. UP M-9 (1st); engine later used in M-26; (disposition unknown).
12. UP M-9 (2nd) was purchased from Saratoga & Encampment Valley M-1, November 1928, via Morse Brothers Equipment Co.; (disposition unknown).
13. UP M-10 (disposition unknown)
14. UP M-11 was converted to gas-electric in May 1925, using a Sterling 180 hp engine and GE electrical equipment; engine used later in M-21.
15. UP M-12
16. UP M-13 was destroyed by fire, Willard, Utah; retired 14 June 1936.
17. UP M-14 was wrecked and burned, August 1935.
18. UP M-15 was purchased from Oregon Short Line M-62, October 1917.
19. UP M-16 was purchased from OSL M-63, October 1917; converted to gas-electric in September 1926, using Winton 220 hp engine and GE electrical equipment; assigned EMC serial number MCK-5
20. UP M-17
21. UP M-18 was purchased from OSL M-65, October 1917.
22. UP M-19
23. UP M-20
24. UP M-21 was converted to gas-electric in July 1942.
25. UP M-22
26. UP M-23 was converted to gas-electric in November 1928, using Hall-Scott 300 hp engine and Westinghouse electrical equipment; parts furnished under Brill order 22678
27. UP M-24 was converted to gas-electric in November 1928, using Hall-Scott 300 hp engine and Westinghouse electrical equipment; parts furnished under Brill order 22678
28. UP M-25 was purchased from AT&SF M-102, November 1922.
   

UP McKeen Motor Cars (built by UP) -- 2 cars

Road
Number
Build
Date
Body
Length
Date
Retired
Notes
M-26 Jun 1923 70'-0" Jan 1925 1
M-27 1923 55'-2" Sep 1934  

General Notes:

a. Both cars were built by UP's Omaha Shops in 1923, six years after McKeen production had ended, using unused carbodies.
b. M-26 used the McKeen 200-horsepower engine from the retired M-9 (1st).
c. M-27 used the McKeen 200-horsepower engine from the retired M-4 (1st).

Notes:

1. UP M-26 was sold to LA&SL M-101 in January 1925
   

UP McKeen Motor Car -- 1 car

Road
Number
Previous
Number
Date
Built
Power
Plant
Date
Acquired
Builder
Number
Body
Length
Date
Retired
M-28 M,A&CR "Anoka" Jun 1913 McKeen 200hp 1923   55'-2" Jul 1942

General Note:

a. UP M-28 was purchased from Minneapolis, Anoka & Cuyuna Range "Anoka" in 1923.
   

UP McKeen Motor Cars (built by UP) -- 2 cars

Road
Number
Build
Date
Power
Plant
Body
Length
Date
Retired
Notes
M-29 Jul 1927 Hall-Scott 300hp 62'-0" 1956  
M-30 Jul 1927 Hall-Scott 300hp 62'-0"    

General Notes:

a. Both cars were built by UP's Omaha shops in 1927, ten years after McKeen production had stopped, using carbodies that remained; shortened and given squared-off front ends.
b. Both cars used distillate fuel.
c. Both cars were equipped with electrical transmissions.
   

UP EMC Motor Cars -- 9 cars

Road
Number
EMC
Model
Build
Date
EMC Serial
Number
Built
By
Body
Length
Seats Weight Date
Retired
Notes
M-31 SE106A Jan 1927 181 St. Louis Car Co. 72'-0" 70 55 tons Jun 1948 1
M-32 SE106A Jan 1927 182 St. Louis Car Co. 72'-0" 70 55 tons 7 May 1954 2
M-33 SE106A Jan 1927 183 St. Louis Car Co. 72'-0" 70 55 tons 7 May 1954 3
M-34 SE106A Feb 1927 184 St. Louis Car Co. 72'-0" 70 55 tons Sep 1958  
M-35 SEL120 Feb 1927 185 St. Louis Car Co. 72'-0" 70 55 tons May 1948 4
M-36 SEL120D Nov 1928 322 Pullman 71'-0" 74 55 tons Sep 1958  
M-37 SEL120D Nov 1928 323 Pullman 71'-0" 74 55 tons Aug 1951 5
M-38 SEL120D Nov 1928 324 Pullman 71'-0" 74 55 tons Sep 1958  
M-39 SEL120D Nov 1928 325 Pullman 71'-0" 74 55 tons Sep 1958  

General Notes:

a. UP M-31 to M-35 (five cars) were built under contract for EMC by St. Louis Car Co., configured with separate passenger and smoker sections.
b. UP M-36 to M-39 (four cars) were built under contract for EMC by Pullman, configured with a single passenger section.
c. All were equipped with Winton 275-horsepower distillate engine.
d. All were equipped with GE electrical transmission, including two GE 292A traction motors.
e. UP M-31 to M-34 had EMC order number 10014B, and St. Louis Car order number 1412; equipped with Winton 6-106A engines. (Locomotive Notes II, Number 141, page 3)
f. UP M-35 had EMC order number 10014A, and St. Louis Car order number 1412; equipped with Winton 6-120 engine. (Locomotive Notes II, Number 141, page 3)
g. UP M-36 to M-39 had EMC order number 10051, and Pullman order number 6178; equipped with Winton 6-120D engines. (Locomotive Notes II, Number 143, page 3)

Notes:

1. UP M-31; engine was later used in OSL M-68.
2. UP M-32 was scrapped in May 1954; engine used in OSL M-67 in 1933.
3. UP M-33 was scrapped in May 1954; engine used in OSL M-65 (2nd).
4.

UP M-35 was donated to Grand Island, Nebraska, August 1955; moved to Illinois Railway Museum in (?), re-engined with a Roline engine.

(Photo and more information about UP M-35 at Illinois Railway Museum)

5. UP M-37 was sold for scrap in August 1951; car cut in half, with front half still laying on the ground in a scrap yard near Aberdeen, Idaho, in August 1987; rear half used as a storage shed on a nearby farm. (Lee Hower, message to Trainorders.com, January 16, 2017; relating the details of a trip in August 1987; includes photos of front of M-37)
   

UP Brill Motor Cars -- 2 cars

Road
Number
Date
Built
Body
Length
Seats Weight Date
Retired
Notes
M-40 Nov 1928 73'-0" 44 56 tons Sep 1958  
M-41 Nov 1928 73'-0" 44 56 tons Sep 1958  

General Notes:

a. Both cars were equipped with Hall-Scott 300-horsepower gasoline engines.
b. Both cars were equipped with General Electric electrical transmissions.
c. Both cars were equipped with separate baggage, passenger, and smoker sections.
d. Built under Brill order number 22677, Brill Model 350.
   

Oregon Short Line Cars

OSL McKeen Motor Cars -- 7 cars

Road
Number
Previous
Number
Date
Acquired
Date
Built
Builder
Number
Body
Length
Date
Retired
Notes
M-60 OSL 470   Sep 1909 51   Dec 1944 1
M-61 OSL 480   Aug 1909 52 70'-0" Jul 1942 2
M-62 (1st) OSL 490   Jul 1911 115 70'-0" Oct 1917 3
M-62 (2nd) UP M-3 Sep 1924 Nov 1905 3   1925 4
M-63 OSL 491   Jul 1911 116 70'-0" Oct 1917 5
M-64 OSL 492   Aug 1911 117 70'-0" Aug 1937 6
M-65 (1st) OSL 493   Sep 1911 118 70'-0" Oct 1917 7

General Notes:

a. All were built with McKeen's 200-horsepower gasoline engine, later converted to distillate fuel.
b. All were equipped with mechanical transmissions.
c. OSL M-61, M-62 (1st), and M-63 were configured with baggage, mail, and passenger sections, with a capacity of 38 passengers.
d. OSL M-64 and M-65 (1st) were configured with only passenger sections, with a capacity of 70 passengers.

Notes:

1. OSL M-60 was sold to Pacific & Idaho Northern M-60, September 1928; returned to OSL M-60, 23 August 1936.
2. OSL M-61 (disposition unknown)
3. OSL M-62 (1st) was sold to UP M-15, October 1917.
4. OSL M-62 92nd) was purchased from UP M-3 in September 1924; converted to trailer T-52 in 1925.
5. OSL M-63 was sold to UP M-16, October 1917.
6. OSL M-64 (disposition unknown)
7. OSL M-65 (1st) was sold to UP M-18, October 1917.
   

OSL EMC Motor Cars -- 4 cars

Road
Number
Date
Built
EMC Serial
Number
Body
Length
Seats Weight Date
Retired
Notes
M-65 (2nd) Jan 1927 186 72'-0" 24 50 tons May 1948  
M-66 Jan 1927 187 72'-0" 24 50 tons Nov 1951 1
M-67 Mar 1927 188 72'-0" 24 50 tons 31 Aug 1951  
M-68 Mar 1927 189 72'-0" 24 50 tons Nov 1947 2

General Notes:

a. All were built under contract for EMC by St. Louis Car Co., configured with separated railway post office, baggage, and passenger sections.
b. EMC Model SEL120
c. All were equipped with Winton 275-horsepower gasoline engine.
d. All were equipped with General Electric electrical transmissions.
e. OSL M-65 to M-68 had EMC order number 10014C, and St. Louis Car order number 1413; equipped with Winton 6-120 engines. (Locomotive Notes II, Number 141, page 3)
f. UP Equipment Record: r3-0210 (OSL 01850-01899); r3-0283 (OSL 901850-901895); r3-1060 (OSL M-60 to M-70)

Notes:

1. OSL M-66 was converted to track test car DC-2 in November 1951.
2. OSL M-68 was changed to Battery Car M-01886 in March 1947; retired in August 1958.
   

OSL Brill Motor Cars -- 2 cars

Road
Number
Date
Built
Body
Length
Seats Weight Date
Retired
Notes
M-69 Sep 1930 73'-0" 70 57 tons Jun 1958  
M-70 Sep 1930 73'-0" 70 57 tons Sep 1958  

General Notes:

a. Both cars were equipped with Hall-Scott 300-horsepower gasoline engines.
b. Both cars were equipped with General Electric electrical transmissions.
c. Both cars were equipped with separate passenger and smoker sections.
d. Built under Brill order number 22866, Brill Model 350
   

OWRR&N Cars

OWRR&N McKeen Motor Cars -- 8 cars

Road
Number
First
Number
Second
Number
Date
Built
Builder
Number
Body
Length
Date
Retired
M-76 OR&N 1 OWR&N 600 Nov 1909 61 55'-2" Jul 1942
M-77 OR&N 2 OWR&N 601 Mar 1910 63 55'-2" Apr 1940
M-78 NC A-1 OWR&N 602 May 1910 66 55'-2" Sep 1934
M-79 NC A-2 OWR&N 603 May 1910 68 55'-2" Sep 1934
M-80 OR&N 3 OWR&N 604 Sep 1910 78 70'-0" Jun 1936
M-81 OWR&N 605   Jun 1911 119 70'-0" Jun 1936
M-82 OWR&N 606   Sep 1911 120 70'-0" Aug 1940
M-83 OWR&N 607   May 1913   70'-0"  

General Notes:

a. All were built with McKeen's own 200-horsepower gasoline engine, later converted to distillate fuel.
b. All were equipped with mechanical transmissions.
c. OWR&N M-76 and M-77 were built as Oregon Railway & Navigation Co. no. 1 and 2.
d. OWR&N M-78 and M-79 were built as North Coast Railroad A-1 and A-2; to OWRR&N in December 1910.
e. OWR&N M-80 was built as Oregon Railway & Navigation Co. no. 3.
   

OWRR&N EMC Motor Cars -- 2 cars

Road
Number
Date
Built
EMC Serieal
Number
Body
Length
Weight Date
Retired
Notes
M-98 Nov 1927 242 72'-0" 52-1/2 tons Sep 1949 1
M-99 Nov 1927 190 72'-0" 47-1/2 tons 1946  

General Notes:

a. All were built under contract for EMC by St. Louis Car Co.
b. M-98 was configured with separate baggage and passenger sections.
c. M-99 was configured with separate Railway Post Office, baggage, and passenger sections.
d. All were equipped with Winton 275-horsepower distillate engine.
e. All were equipped with General Electric electrical transmissions.
f. OWR&N M-98 had EMC order number 10033 and St. Louis Car order number 1454; equipped with Winton 6-120 engine.
g. OWR&N M-99 had EMC order number 10014D, and St. Louis Car order number 1414; equipped with Winton 6-120 engine. (Locomotive Notes II, Number 141, page 3)

Notes:

1. OWR&N M-98 was renumbered to OWRR&N 0380 in July 1949 and asssigned to maintenance-of-way battery distribution service, and later, weed spray service; renumbered to 900380 in February 1959; retired in August 1961. (information from UP equipment record book, pages r3-0051, r3-0639, r3-0985, r3-1062)
   

Los Angeles & Salt Lake cars

LA&SL McKeen Motor Car -- 1 car

Road
Number
Previous
Number
Date
Built
Builder
Number
Date
Vacated
M-100 SPLA&SL 1 Jun 1910 75 Jul 1942

General Notes:

a. Equipped with a McKeen 200-horsepower gasoline engine, later converted to distillate fuel
b. Equipped with mechanical transmission
c. Weight was 78,000 pounds
d. LA&SL records indicate that LA&SL no. 100 was McKeen serial no. 75.
   

LA&SL UP-built Motor Car -- 1 car

Road
Number
Previous
Number
Date
Built
Date To
LA&SL
Builder
Number
Body
Length
Date
Vacated
M-101 UP M-26 Jun 1923 Jan 1925 122 70'-0" Sep 1934

General Notes:

a. Built as UP M-26 by UP's Omaha Shops in June 1923, six years after McKeen production had ended in 1917, using unused carbodies; sold to LA&SL in January 1925.
b. Equipped with a McKeen 200-horsepower distillate engine from retired UP McKeen car M-9 (1st) (UP M-9 was built in July 1906 and was vacated in November 1922)
c. Weight was 76,000 pounds
d. An earlier roster and history shows LA&SL M-101 as having McKeen serial number 122, but the same history does not show UP M-26 with number 122
   

St. Joseph & Grand Island Cars

St.J.&G.I. McKeen Motor Car -- 3 cars

Road
Number
Date
Built
Body
Length
Capacity Date
Vacated
Notes
M-110 Jun 1909 55'-2" 45 seats Sep 1934  
M-111 Oct 1909 70'-0" 67 seats Dec 1944  
M-115 Mar 1910 70'-0" 67 seats Aug 1928 Retired due to fire damage on March 5, 1928

General Notes:

a. (research continues)

Motor Car Trailers

UP Motor Car Trailers -- Information about UP's motor car trailers (includes the OSL trailers).

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