The Pullman Sleeping Car

September 1st Celebrates – The Pullman Sleeping Car
The Pullman sleeping car was designed as railway passenger car, the first such cars saw sporadic use on American railroads in the 1830s; they could be configured for coach seating during the day. Some of the more luxurious types have private rooms (fully and solidly enclosed rooms that are not shared with strangers).

The Pullman sleeping car went into service on September 1st 1859, which was able to accommodate all its passengers to sleep on the train, before arriving at their destination days later.

The man who ultimately made the sleeping car business profitable in the United States was George Pullman, who began by building a luxurious sleeping car (named Pioneer) in 1865.

The seats on the railway cars were able to be converted into the combination of an upper and a lower “berth”, each berth consisting of a bed screened from the aisle by a curtain.

Today’s YouTube video presentation brought to you by user name, (last laugh girl 1st channel) is a famous example of what upper berth and lowers berths looked like on sleeping car. In the 1959 movie called, “Some Like It Hot,” which starred Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemon.

Pullman cars were normally a dark green, although some were painted in the host railroad’s colors. The cars carried individual names, but usually did not carry visible numbers.

In the 1920s, the Pullman Company went through a series of restructuring steps, which in the end resulted in a parent company, Pullman Incorporated, controlling the Pullman Company (which owned and operated sleeping cars) and the Pullman-Standard Car Manufacturing Company.

From the 19th to the mid-20th century, the most common type of sleeping car accommodation on North American trains was the “open section”.

Open-section accommodations consist of pairs of seats, one seat facing forward and the other backward, situated on either side of a center aisle.

Each Pullman car was staffed by a uniformed porter. The majority of Pullman Porters were African Americans. While still a menial job in many respects, Pullman offered better pay and security than most jobs open to African Americans at the time.

As we celebrate the birth of the Pullman Sleeping Car today, and today’s days to remember.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell
J.D Mitchell Design Studio


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