The Pere Marquette Historical Society, Inc.

Condensed Roster of Pere Marquette Railway Steel Passenger Cars

Updated: 29-APR-2005

The information presented here was compiled from equipment drawings, photographs, and articles by Art Million in the Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Magazine. It contains cars owned by the PM, but not those leased by the PM.

Click here for more information on this bookMore complete information on the Pere Marquette's passenger car fleet can be found in the PMHS' upcoming passenger car book, Pere Marquette Passenger Car Pictorial by Art Million. This book contains photos, diagrams and roster information for the entire range of passenger cars operated by the PM, from the 1880-built wooden cars inherited by the PM at its creation, to the streamlined cars ordered by the C&O specifically for use on the former Pere Marquette routes in 1950.


 

Heavyweight

           
Car Type   Number   Builder   Acquired   Retired   Notes
Gas Electric Motorcar   17   GE   1913   1930   Used mostly in Charlevoix/Petoskey and Thumb areas
Postal   105-106   ACF   1917   post-merger
Baggage/Mail   600-609   SSCCo/PM   1929-38   post-merger   Converted from baggage cars #600-609, 1929-1938
Baggage   600-609   Std Stl Car Co.   1921   1929-1938   Converted to baggage/mail #600-609, 1929-1938
  610-611   Std Stl Car Co.   1921   post-merger
  612-623   ACF   1930   post-merger   #619 wrecked and scrapped in 1942, #620-623 had end-loading doors for large cargo.
  624-633   St Louis Car Co   1937   post-merger
Baggage/Express   650-651   Pullman/PM   1936   post-merger   Converted from diners #10-11 in 1936
Coach   1100-1111   Std Stl Car Co.   1921   post-merger   All configured with 84 seats, except #1108, which had 60 seats. Several refitted for use as cabooses for a brief period in 1948-1949
  1200-1209   Pullman   1941   post-merger   Rebuilt by the PM from older Pullman fleet parlor cars. #1204 briefly used as a caboose in 1948-1949.
"Imperial Salon" (lounge coach)   1112-1119   Pullman   1930   post-merger   #1117 is preserved in Connersville, IN
Dining   10-11 (1st)   Pullman   1923   1936   Converted to mail/express cars #650-651 in 1936
  Triumph   Pullman   1945   post-merger   Pullman plan 4019A. Originally built in 1912 for Pullman fleet as parlor Melinda; converted 1932
  Pilot   Pullman   1945   post-merger   Pullman plan 4019A. Originally built in 1913 for Pullman fleet as parlor Martene; converted 1932
  Discoverer   Pullman   1945   1946   Pullman plan 4019A. Originally built in 1914 for Pullman fleet as parlor Luanna; converted 1932
  Seafarer   Pullman   1945   1946   Pullman plan 4019A. Originally built in 1914 for Pullman fleet as parlor Francina; converted 1932
Parlor   Abigail Adams   Pullman   1930   1946-1948   28 seats/1 drawing room, Pullman plan 3416A
  Louisa Alcott   Pullman   1930   1946-1948   28 seats/1 drawing room, Pullman plan 3416A
  Clara Barton   Pullman   1930   1946-1948   28 seats/1 drawing room, Pullman plan 3416A
  Miriam   Pullman   1930   1946-1948   28 seats/1 drawing room, Pullman plan 3416A
  Meadow Violet   Pullman   1930   1946-1948   30 seats/1 drawing room, Pullman plan 4000A
  Wood Violet   Pullman   1930   1946-1948   30 seats/1 drawing room, Pullman plan 4000A
Sleeper (14 section)   New Hanover   Pullman   1945   post-merger   Pullman plan 3958
  New Hudson   Pullman   1945   post-merger   Pullman plan 3958
Sleeper (12 section, 1 DR)   McClenny   Pullman   1945   post-merger   Pullman plan 3410
    Orange Lake   Pullman   1945   post-merger    Pullman plan 3410A
Sleeper (8 section, 1 DR, 3 BR)   London Tower   Pullman   1945   post-merger   Pullman plan 4090D
    Octagon Tower   Pullman   1945   post-merger   Pullman plan 4090D
Business (Observation)   1   Pullman   1939   post-merger   Originally built in 1926 for W.F. Kinney & Co.
  2   Pullman   1935   post-merger   Originally built in 1916 for Georgia Car & Locomotive Co.
  3   Pullman   1946   post-merger   Originally built in 1911 for Monroe Auto Equipment Co.

Streamlined

Car Type   Number   Builder   Acquired   Retired   Notes
Mail/Baggage   50-51   Pullman Standard   1946   post-merger   Only streamlined mail cars on PM and C&O
Baggage   60-61   Pullman Standard   1946   post-merger   Only streamlined baggage cars on PM and C&O
Coach   30-33   Pullman Standard   1946   post-merger
Diner   10-11 (2nd)   Pullman Standard   1946   post-merger
Coach/Observation   20-23   Pullman Standard   1946   post-merger   Flat observation end facilitated return trips without turning entire consist, and later permitted use mid-train, if necessary

During years not accounted for above, the PM leased diners, sleepers and lounge cars from Pullman.

 

 

 
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