UP Passenger Car Roster
Updates and Corrections
[Most recent entry listed first.]
December 17, 2021
9000-series Dome Observation cars -- Added a brief note about five UP Dome Observation cars in the 9000-series being assigned to Union Pacific's Challenger passenger train, from their initial delivery in March and April 1955, until May 1955 when they were re-assigned to UP's City of St. Louis. (Thanks to Greg Jeanes for the heads-up that resulted in the needed additional research)
September 13, 2021
UP Postal Storage 5743 -- Updated the disposition of UP Postal Storage 5743, which was renumbered as Roadway Tool and Office Car 903012 in 1972, and retired in 1981. UP 5743 is in service on the Albany & Eastern as RFRX 1003, and used as part of A&E's Brunch Train, which operates between Lebanon and Sweet Home, Oregon. (2021 update from Sheldon Perry)
May 9, 2021
UP Club Lounge Cars -- Updated the roster listings for three UP Club Lounge cars. Research suggests that the three cars were renumbered in 1948 for reasons not yet known. UP 1550 became UP 1534 (2nd). UP 1556 became UP 1536 (2nd). UP 1557 became UP 1539 (2nd). Then in 1955, UP 1534 (2nd) was modernized as a Dormitory Club car for use by on-train crew members.
This information comes from David Seidel.
January 12, 2021
National Domain and National Element -- Updated the disposition of two lightweight sleeper cars to show that they are still in existence as part of the Aurora Express Bed & Breakfast near Fairbanks, Alaska.
October 2, 2020
OSL Business Car 1903 -- Updated the information for OSL Business Car 1903, currently displayed at the Holiday Inn in West Yellowstone, Montana.
April 27, 2020
CD 30 and CD 70 -- Updated the disposition for two former City of Denver cars previously shown as being scrapped in 1953, but which were actually sold to C&NW and used in maintenance of way service. Both cars are currently at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Illinois. I have also added a link to some photos of the cars at IRM.
The previous disposition that the cars were scrapped came from Randall's "Official Pullman Library" Vol. 13, as well as the portions from Randall's "Streamliners, Vol. 1, Pullman."
UP's Equipment Register book shows only that the cars were retired in 1953 as being "W.O.", which likely means " Worn Out."
January 15, 2020
UP 904850-904855 -- Updated the information for the six-car group of MW Dining Bunk cars.
July 18, 2019
UP-OWRR&N Medical Examiner Car -- Added a photo of OWRR&N 03160 Medical Examiner Car. Built in 1915 as OWRR&N Cafe Observation 1515; to OWRR&N Cafe Observation 1500 in 1932; to OWRR&N Chair Observation 1000 in 1943; to OWRR&N Medical Examiner Car 03160 in November 1946; to Rules Examination Car 202 (1st) in May 1956. Retired by UP in July 1970. Sold to Autoliner Corp., in October 1971; sold to Irvington Station Restaurant (Omaha, Nebraska.) in April 1972, later scrapped. Photo from the Jeff Cauthen collection.
UPP 5817 "Pony Express" (2nd) -- Added a new roster listing for the most recent addition to UP's Heritage Fleet, UPP 5817, "Pony Express" (2nd).
June 19, 2019
Hunters Point -- The confusion about which Pullman sleeper is at Travel Town in Los Angeles has been settled. During the restoration process by volunteers at Travel Town, it has been found that the doors are metal-stamped with "Hunters Point." This would have been done by Pullman personnel when the car was built, or when it was refurbished by Pullman at some point.
Hunters Point was a 4-4-2 Pullman sleeper built in July 1941 as part of the 10th Train (City of San Francisco); sold to C&NW on December 31, 1945, leased to Pullman for operation, remained in COSF service; C&NW operation of Chicago-Omaha "City" trains ended in October 1955, and car removed from COSF service; repainted by Pullman to two-tone gray in May 1956, car assigned to general Pullman pool; repainted to Illinois Central brown and orange in November 1957, car assigned to Panama Limited; lease ended on June 1, 1960 and returned to C&NW; retired by C&NW on December 27, 1960; sold to Hyman-Michaels Co. Hunters Point was sold in 1962 to Verl Thomson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and used along with three other cars to create the Sioux Chief Traintel; the motel remained in business until 1975; the cars were moved to St. Louis in May 1990. Hunters Point was moved in 1992 to Travel Town in Griffith Park Los Angeles, California, and as of June 2019 is undergoing a complete restoration.
May 3, 2019
UP's Heritage Fleet -- Updated the roster web page for Union Pacific's Heritage Fleet passenger cars, to include the most recent Baggage car, UP 5752, with its displays of the building of the Union Pacific Railroad.
August 14, 2018
Corrected an error in the dispositions of UP 5662, 5663, and 6301, baggage cars sold to Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey. Previous information had UP 5662 becoming RBBX 60018; UP 5663 becoming RBBX 60016, and UP 6301 remaining with UP and being scrapped by UP. New information from Surface Transportation Board recordation files, along with information from RBBB itself, shows that UP 5662 was never sold to RBBB, and was scrapped by UP. UP 5663 became RBBX 60016, and UP 6301 became RBBX 60018.
October 24, 2017
Updated the numbers of the ex-UP cars sold at auction by Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey in March 2017. RBBX 60006 (stock car, ex UP 6312), RBBX 63004 (stock car, ex UP 5764), and RBBX 63013 (power car, ex UP 5780)
June 12, 2017
Updated the information for Russian Hill, including comments by Jeff Koeller for the car's service between 1943 and 1947.
June 7, 2017
Updated the information for the UP 1530-1538 series of streamlined heavyweight cars, to include build dates, retirement dates and dates that the cars were modernized.
The update including removing UP 1505 (arch-roof heavyweight) as becoming Salt Lake Garfield & Western no. 711; it was actually one of the four unaccounted-for UP 1530-series cars (UP 1532, 1533, 1537 or 1538).
Changed the information for Salt Lake Garfield & Western passenger car no. 711. Previously shown as being the former UP 1505, which has been at the Oklahoma Railway Museum in Oklahoma City since 1987. (Thanks goes to Dave Wilkinson for pointing out the error.)
December 6, 2016
OSL 2314 -- Added a further disposition for OSL 2314, an arch-roof heavyweight Baggage Postal car that is now preserved at Boulder City, Nevada.
August 27, 2016
Updates from Jack Deasey of Dominion Rail Voyages LLC
March 11, 2015
Updated the 4600-series dining cars to separate the four cars (UP 4607, 4608, 4611, 4613) that were streamlined in the late 1940s and early 1950s, from the three cars (UP 4622, 4627, 4629) that remained as clerestory roof standard heavyweights.
Minor editing to Streamlined Heavyweight note.
December 12, 2014
July 26, 2014
Added new information for Postal Storage 5704, to UP 24435; to UP 904235; sold to Ringling Bros. Reported as being scrapped by Ringling Bros., but instead the car was sold to Omni West at Minerva, Ohio, then (donated?) to Midwest Railway Preservation Society, Cleveland, Ohio; moved in late June 2014 to Cleveland. (update from Jerry LaBoda via email dated July 26, 2014)
July 8, 2014
Added new background information for UP business car no. 107, Overland, donated by UP in May 1971 to Meadowcroft Village museum in Western Pennsylvania. (UP 107 Overland at Avella)
Also updated the current status of OWRR&N business car no. 184, which has been restored and donated to the South Bay Railroad Historical Society at its former SP depot at Santa Clara, California. (OWRR&N 184, later OSL 125)
May 29, 2014
November 7, 2011
Updated the listings for Chair Cars 5488-5507, adding build dates, retirement dates, and dispositions; the date information was extracted from UP's equipment record, and the Amtrak dispositions come from research by Jerry LaBoda and Mike Palmieri.
April 8, 2011
Updated the dispositions for UP 5008, UP 5547, and UP 5552, with all three being sold to Amtrak, then retired and sold in 1981-1982 to Providence & Worcester, and used as a diner (UP 5008) and as coaches (UP 5547 and 5552). All three cars are in the P&W's active excursion/business car fleet, and see service several times each year. (update from Joshua Moldover via email dated April 8, 2011)
March 4, 2011
Updated the dispositions of several UP and non-UP cars that were eventually sold to Mexico. (update from Randall Davidson via email dated February 8, 2011, based on information in Wayner's "The Cars That Went to Mexico")
August 12, 2010
Fixed a typographical error for Pacific Shore, and updated the disposition for Pacific Command, part of the group of 50 Budd lightweight sleepers. (Thanks to Joshua Coran for the update.)
June 13, 2010
Updated the information for the River Series lounge cars, numbered UP 6200-6208; added renumber and retirement dates from UP's equipment record. (based on information furnished by Jack Deasy of Dominion Rail Voyages via email dated June 3, 2010)
May 23, 2010
Rearranged and updated the information for the Budd-built "Pacific" series of 10-6 sleepers. (Thanks goes to Daniel Hodel for the update for Pacific Sands)
March 30, 2010
Added new UPP Index Page for the current Heritage Fleet, after realizing that the current fleet was too hard to find among all of the other roster listings.
December 23, 2009
October 24, 2009
Updated the notes for Pullman sleeper "American Navy", to include its sale to Spokane Fire and Rail Museum, Spokane, Washington (email from Robert Lawrence, dated October 23, 2009)
Added disposition for "American Lake", wrecked on November 12, 1951 at Wyuta, Utah and retired in December 1951. (UP mechanical department records)
August 22, 2009
Rearranged several pages for the Business car fleet, and the Heritage Fleet to focus the roster on car numbers instead of car names, to end the need to maintain two separate rosters.
Added new page to show cross reference from Business car and Heritage fleet car names to car numbers.
June 20, 2009
Fixed spelling error for UP Chair Car 5306, changing "City of Pineville" to "City of Prineville" (Sheldon Perry, email dated June 20, 2009)
October 8, 2008
Added new page about UP's Streamliner train sets, a listing of the Union Pacific Streamliner train sets, 1st Train through 10th Train, plus Train of Tomorrow and Aerotrain.
September 4, 2008
Added new page for UP's three classes of Express Boxcars.
May 11, 2008
Updated the information about the three water cars, UPP 809 and 814, and UP 907853, 907856, and 907857, used with UP's steam locomotives, and moved them to their own roster page.
April 10, 2008
Pullman Standard lightweight sleeper "Imperial Flower" converted to M of W Bunk Car, along with a modernized heavyweight diner that were assigned to the Salt Lake City wreck train, were moved to Ogden earlier last year to the scrapper. When last seen, they were spotted in Durbano's spur awaiting the torch upon resolution of the bill of sale. This equipment had sat unused for about five years and it was time for them to go. They still might be there as there were three baggage cars on that spur also, two from the same wreck train (now tool cars) and one that had already been there for a while. Car numbers are not available at this time. (Rich Castagna, email dated April 10, 2008)
September 24, 2007
Of the 18 passenger cars "preserved" by the Promontory Chapter, National Railway Historical Society, most were not operational beyond the occasional low-speed excursion on the Salt Lake Garfield & Western short line. The only one still remaining at Salt Lake City is the "Janice L" which is used as a clubhouse for the chapter.
There was a lot of passenger equipment stored on the SLG&W in the 1980s which has since disappeared and I'm honestly not sure what was owned by the chapter, and what was owned by SLG&W.
Following is an abbreviated list, as provided by "davew833" on Trainorders.com:
- UP dome lounge observation 9003 changed hands several times after the chapter sold it in 1987, until it ended up in the possession of Northern Sky Rail Charters, who fully renovated and restored it to operation as "Northern Sky". I would say that's a good thing, since it was basically derelict when Promontory had it.
- CB&Q Budd dome coach 4719 "Silver Ranch", now owned/stored by BNSF in Topeka, Kansas.
- UP heavyweight modernized lounge buffet 4052 (SLG&W 711)
- UP heavyweight modernized lounge 1535, "Janice L", modified with a partially-open observation platform in 1982, still at Salt Lake City.
- UP(?) heavyweight open-platform business car, sold/remodeled as a commercial office in Murray, Utah, recently seen at Heber, Utah, on the Heber Valley Railroad painted green and lettered "Pullman".
- UP lightweight lounge dorm 6100. Heavily vandalized, sold in the early 1990s to the Nevada State Railroad museum and moved to Boulder City, Nevada.
- UP lightweight "Challenger" coach painted to commemorate the Golden Spike Centennial, later sold/donated to Heber Valley Railroad and damaged in a runaway derailment about 2004.
- AMT/PC/NYC lightweight coach/snack bar car. Disposition unknown.
- AMT/ATSF 'El Captain' coach (two cars). Disposition unknown.
- AMT/GN lightweight sleeper. Disposition unknown.
- UP maintenance of way train of about 6-7 heavyweight passenger cars. One modernized heavyweight coach burned in a fire about 1987, assumed scrapped. Other cars sold to Nevada State Railroad Museum in the early 1990s.
- SP heavyweight diner completely gutted.
September 13, 2007
Added numerous updates and corrections from David Varilek of Empire Builder Private Cars of Fremont, Nebraska, for the following cars:
- Houston, Business Car
- Howard Fogg, Power Car
- National Command
- UP 125, Business Car
- UPP 206, Power Car
- SP 251, Sleeper
- SP 290, Diner
- SP 291, Lounge
- SP 292, Sleeper
- UP 1869, Exhibition Car (ex UP 5338, Chair Car)
- UPP 2500, Baggage Dormitory (ex SP 250)
- UP 5016, Lunch Counter Car
- UP 903682, Tool Car (ex UP 5900, Postal Mail Storage)
- UP 903686, Tool Car (ex UP 5904, Postal Mail Storage)
- UP 906065, Bunk Car (ex American Navy, Sleeper)
- UP 906213, Bunk Car (ex Imperial Rock, Sleeper)
May 30, 2007
September 9, 2006
Added 1950 UP Passenger Train Consists as part of a larger project of adding other train consists as they become available.
August 4, 2006
Work on UP Passenger Cars roster resumed after a major data source became available.
Added updates to Harriman car listings.
July 9, 2006
Work on the passenger car rosters is stalled, pending preparation of some important source material.
April 23, 2006
Lots of minor editing on UP's passenger cars, mostly to bring all groups into a common format. Work continues on building the linked main index listings for the numbered cars and the other large groups, including the Heritage fleet and the business cars.
March 1, 2006
For the past three weeks, work has been progressing to add a complete roster of Union Pacific Steel and Streamliner Passenger Cars. This remains a work in progress, with lots of work still to be done. But at least the basics are there...
July 14, 2005
Work is progressing on building an on-line version of an all-time roster of Union Pacific’s steel and Streamliner passenger cars, from the Harriman-style cars beginning in 1909, through to the newest lightweight cars of the 1960s, along with UP’s current Heritage fleet.
November 25, 2004
Still working on Union Pacific passenger cars. Like any project, this one is turning out to be bigger than I initially thought.
September 24, 2004
My time for the past three weeks, and likely for at least the next month or so, is being taken by work on a roster of UP’s steel passenger cars, including the heavyweights, the Harriman cars, the train set cars of 1934-1937, and all the lightweight cars after that. If anyone can help, contact me (in the menu at top).