The Cars of Pullman

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MBI Publishing Company, May 7, 2010 - Transportation - 176 pages
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One of America's greatest business enterprises, the Pullman Company provided outstanding service aboard a vast fleet of railroad passenger cars that could be found in almost every nook and cranny of the United States. This illustrated history examines Pullman's diverse fleet, from its spectacular custom-built wooden cars of the nineteenth century to steel heavyweight cars in the prewar years and on into the lightweight streamlined era. Author Joe Welsh includes period photos, many in rare color, as well as car diagrams and ads that help trace the development, composition, and evolution of the historically and culturally significant Pullman fleet, including the gamut of sleeper, parlor, and restaurant cars. This is a fitting tribute to the former cultural icons aboard which strode giants of American life, such as Babe Ruth and Clark Gable, as well as first-time travelers from small-town America.


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A Hotel on Wheels, with Sleeper Cars, Parlor Cars, and Eating Cars.
The Cars of Pullman
Three people collaborated to make this book. Joe Welsh, Bill Howes, & Kevin J. Holland
The death of an era. The most important mode of transport in it's day. Especially cross country, and long overnight trips. The automobile took it's place.
Basically a coffee table book with lots of pictures about railway history, or part of it, The Pullman Railway Company.
If you are a railway buff, this book is for you.
Cronicals the history of the Pullman Car in America, from the invent in 1863 (the Springfield & the Pioneer) at an outragous cost of $18,000 until the company folded when the last car came off the rails in 1981.
Everyone has heard of the Lonesome Train which carried President Lincoln's body from Chicago to Springfield for burial. No?
The first ones were custom made, constructed from wood, and lasted until 1907 when they were made from steel.
It explains the Pullman Company, which just leased the cars. They were made for Pullman with their specifications and contracted out.
Pullman was also a main contender in the advertising field.
It's conversion for the war effort, to transport soldiers.
At it's peak, they transported 39 million passengers per year, to a slow decline until the company finally folded.
Lots and lots of interior and exterior pictures.
Full of specs, and layouts. Half pictures and half text.
The names, the colours, the gauge all explained.
A few have survived until this day, fully restored in museums across the country.
A man's book, full of visual delights.
Dog Brindle ( I love coffee table books)



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About the author (2010)

Joe Welsh is a regular contributor to Trains and Classic Trains magazines and has appeared on the History Channel. He is the author of 12 books including the critically acclaimed Travel by Pullman, co-authored with William F. Howes, Jr. He resides in Auburn, Washington.

Kevin J. Holland is a freelance writer, editor, and publications designer based in Burlington, Ontario. He has written and produced more than 15 books and is a regular contributor to Classic Trains.

Bill Howes’ is the former director of The Pullman Company and a former vice-president of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. Mr. Howes is the co-author of Travel by Pullman and vice-president of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society. He lives in Florida.

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