Pullman Cars Go Modernistic (Jan, 1937)

Pullman Cars Go Modernistic

COMFORTABLE modernistic furniture and indirect lighting for night reading purposes are features of the new steel and aluminum alloy Pullman observation cars. A buffet containing a broiler, coffee urn, and a refrigerator is also featured.

An observation parlor seating six persons is located at the rear round-end of the car, and a lounge seating 20 persons on sofas and seats occupies the remaining car space.

  1. Charlene says: January 20, 201012:38 pm

    One thing people always forget when looking at these images of comfortable travel of the past: how much did each of these tickets cost, and how much was that in comparison with the average income of the time?

    My suspicion is no matter how well-appointed the inside of the 1930s Pullman car or the 1960s 747 may appear, the average person didn’t have a hope of ever having enough money to see for himself.

  2. rick says: January 20, 20102:03 pm

    I had the opportunity to experience one of these cars in 1952 when I and about 20 other guys went off to Navy boot camp from my home town. We were all assigned seats in an ordinary passenger car but we had access to the observation car at the end of the train and spent most of our trip sitting around in it and enjoying the passing countryside. Very few of the other passengers were using it at all for some reason which still puzzles me because that car was really awesome. There was a binnacle in the middle of the rounded end of the car with a speedometer in it and we were all impressed that most of the time the train was moving along at 90+ mph. I don’t notice anything like that at the back of the car in the picture but then my ride was about 15 years later. Yes, Charlene, the Navy payed for our tickets of course so I have no idea what it must have cost to ride that train. Anyway, riding in that car was the last fun we had for the next 12 weeks or so because we eventually arrived at boot camp.


  3. Zak Lybrand says: January 28, 201012:47 am

    Rick, not all the cars had those speedometers. They started sticking them in the cars when the high-speed diesel revolution started as a way to say, “Hey, look how fast we’re getting you to your destination! Now THAT’S service!”

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