The Complete Roster of Pennsylvania Railroad owned Pullman Heavyweight Parlor and Sleeping Cars

D. Garrett Spear
copyright September, 2001
Special thanks to Bob Watson, Ralph Barger, Jerry Britten, Phil Ritter, Tom Madden, Andy Hart, Elbert Simon, and the NHRS Philadelphia Library Staff for their assistance with this project.

Between 1945 and 1948 the Pennsylvania Railroad purchased 125 Pullman heavyweight Parlor Cars and 590 Pullman heavyweight Sleeping Cars. While building 1950 era models of these cars problems were encountered trying to find information about the car name, trucks, air conditioning, roof ducts, and floor plan (12-1 or 6-6, etc.). This list is based on my research for the the 1948-50 information, except as noted.
It should be noted that the PRR referred to these cars as Standard Weight.  Today most people refer to these cars as heavyweights and I will use this terminology in the list.
This list of PRR owned Pullman built heavyweight Parlor and Sleeping cars has been developed by using an Equipment Register for car names, using 'A Century of Pullman Cars - Vol. I - Alphabetical List' for plan and lot information, and then using 'The Complete Roster of Heavyweight Pullman Cars' for car numbers, rename information, and additional cars within the same lot.  The air-conditioning information is from the 1950 Pullman List.  The Parlor car truck and paint information is from the 1943 Pullman list; the Sleeping car information is from the 1938 Pullman list.   As maintenance was performed the trucks, air-conditioning, and plan could be modified and pictures may show these differences.  Pullmans purchased during W.W.II and converted to coaches are included.  Sleeping car numbers are Accounting Department numbers and were not painted on the cars; Parlor car numbers were painted on the cars.


A Century of Pullman Cars - Volume I - Alphabetical List - by Barger
Equipment Registers - 1953 and 1957
Passenger Car Catalog - by Kratville
Pullman Company List of Cars 1938 - Pullman Co.
Pullman Company List of Cars 1943 - Pullman Co.
Pullman Company List of Cars 1950 - Wayner Publications
The Complete Roster of Heavyweight Pullman Cars - Wayner Publications

Table of Contents
Parlor Cars by Accounting Number Sequence
Sleeper Cars by Accounting Number Sequence
Notes and Abbreviations
List of Cars in Name Sequence
List of Cars by Plan and Name
Renamed Cars Cross Reference
Streamstyled (or Betterment) Cars
List of Interior Configurations and Associated Plans
List of Coaches Converted from Heavyweight Pullmans
List of Horse Named Baggage Cars
List of Scenery Named Baggage Cars
Descriptions & Images of Pullman Trucks

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