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Passenger Servicing Facilities
Their Construction On Your Railroad

Part 2

by V. S. Roseman

Photos by the author

There is lots of activity as linens and mattresses are being replaced in all of those cars in the heyday of Pullman sleeping cars. Supplies such as bedsheets were often stored on the top floor and accessed by dumbwaiters or freight elevators. The small shed roof on the first track was scratchbuilt, a remnant of days when open-windowed cars would have their mattresses aired on racks here. The flagman protects the crossing as a switcher prepares to bring in a few more Pullmans to be cleaned and readied for service.


hile passenger cars in a train would b e owned by the operating r ailroad(s), Pullman cars were originally owned and operated by the Pullman Company. After 1948 the cars were sold to the various railroads, and nearly all of these were l eased back to Pullman which continued to operate the cars for the various roads. Pullman was best known for the operation of sleeping cars, but they also operated parlor or chair car services on many railroads. They also provided dining car service that was used by a number of railroads. Linens from sleeping cars were collected and sent off to a local commercial laundry and the Pullman building housed spares of every kind of linen coming back from the laundry to be stored until it could be loaded into departing cars. Quarters for Pullman e mployees, such as Porters and Pullman car cleaners (Pullman had their own crews for cleaning their own cars) if employed by Pullman would be based either in the Pullman building or in a free-standing structure resembling an ordinary yard office.

tive features that make it great for this use. The 40s-50s construction of concrete with brick is attractive and yet not overly fancy. Having loading docks on two adjacent sides is a good feature when room is available for this arrangement. Trucks would have their own driveway in front of the building and could load or unload and be turned easily without interfering with traffic on busy city streets around the terminal area. Crew quarters for quick turnaround trains where the

crew might only need an hour or two layover with car cleaners storage and quarters could be put into this structure. Additional doors could be added on the side facing the tracks if desired. Grandt Line has typical doors for this purpose and of course the styrene sides of this building can be easily cut with a knife or saw to make the door openings if desired. This building has a number of very fine details such as the staircase to the upper floor.

Pullman Service Building
Walthers Golden Canning building kit was used to make a Pullman service building. This model has a number of attrac The Walthers Canning Plant used as a Pullman commissary and storehouse shown with the kits boiler house.


JUNE 2002

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