Lightweight Sleeping Cars

Streamline sleeping cars donít arrive in the south until after WWII, orders had been delayed for the war effort. The new streamliners had been operating with older heavyweight Pullman cars either bought by the Railroads (with the break-up of the Pullman Co. ordered by the courts), or the remaining Pullman Pool cars. Some of these cars had been painted silver with simulated shadow line stripes to try and blend in with the new stainless steel cars. Bedrooms were in great demand for Florida service especially in the winter season. For this reason the older Pullman cars were hard to replace because of their large space and quiet smooth ride. Many room arrangements were offered to accommodate the needs of the first class patrons.

      The 10-6 (10 roomettes with six bedrooms) was the most common car with ACL, FEC, SAL, & SOU all ordering them.

     ATLANTIC COAST LINE & FLORIDA EAST COAST joint order from the Pullman Co received ACL (25) FEC (7) cars for Champion service and the seasonal Florida Special in 1949. ACL cars had Purple Letter boards, black roofs and trucks, named after counties or cities. The FEC cars had stainless steel roofs named after South American Countries. The ACL cars went to SCL with 20 going into the Amtrak system (five destroyed). FEC sold all seven cars to CN in 1967.

    SEABOARD AIR LINE received 15 cars from Pullman in 1949 for the Silver Meteor and Silver Comet. The cars had a corrugated roof to match the Budd Cars. All with silver trucks and full diaphragms. These cars were also used on the new Silver Star. Seaboards cars were all named after cities online. Cars continued on to SCL with 14 going to Amtrak.

    The BUDD Co also built 10-6 sleepers for Seaboard. In 1949 A total of six cars, all with silver trucks and full diaphragms. These cars were named after south Florida cities. The main difference between the Pullman built cars and the Budd cars was the floor plan was reversed. These cars also continued in SCL service and Amtrak.

   SOUTHERN Railway (24) and CNO&TP (5) ordered cars from the Pullman Co. receiving them in 1949. These cars were ordered for Crescent and seasonal New Royal Palm service & later the year around Royal Palm. Cars had stainless steel roofs, full diaphragms and black trucks.   Cars were named in the River Series. A few of these cars went to Amtrak after 1978. 

Our examples of 10-6's are ACL and Seaboard Pullmans built by SouthEast ScaleModels of Jacksonville.

ACL Duval County Bedroom Side

ACL Chatham County Isle Side

SAL Norfolk Bedroom side

SAL Norfolk Isle Side

Other configurations in SLEEPING cars owned by ACL, FEC, SAL, & SOU Rwy.

     ACL (5) & FEC (2) also had a joint order from Pullman for 21 Roomette Sleepers received in 1949. These cars were painted the same as the 10-6 cars for Champion/Florida Special service. ACL car names Island Series and FEC  Salvador and Uruguay.

    ACL (2) & FEC (2) another joint order for 4 section 4 roomette 5 bedroom 1 compartment Sleepers from Pullman received in 1954 for Dixiland service. Cars painted to match 10-6 cars except ACL cars had stainless steel roofs. ACL cars named Gardenia and Camellia, FEC cars named Jamaica and Scott M Loftin.

    ACL (6) & FEC (1) had a joint order from ACF for 14 roomette 2 drawing room Sleepers received in 1950 for Champion / Florida Special service. The ACL cars were rebuilt to 7 bedroom 2 drawing room cars in 1961. These cars were also painted to match the 10-6 cars. ACL cars named in the River Series and the FEC was named Panama.  

    SEABOARD ordered (6) 11 Double Bedroom cars from Pullman in 1955 for the Silver Meteor. The cars were stainless steel with black trucks and were named for online cities. All six cars went to SCL then on to Amtrak

    SEABOARD ordered (3) 5 double bedroom 2 compartment 2 drawing room Sleepers from Pullman in 1955 for Silver Meteor service. The cars were stainless steel with black trucks. Named; Boca Grande, Clearwater, & Fort Lauderdale. All three cars went to SCL then Amtrak.

    SEABOARD ordered (6) 4 roomette 5 bedroom 1 compartment 4 section Sleepers from BUDD in 1955 for Silver Comet service. Stainless steel cars with black trucks. Car Names; Bay Pines, Southern Pines, Pinehurst, Camden, Henderson, & Cedartown.

    SOUTHERN  ordered (11) 14 roomette 4 double bedroom Sleeping cars for the Tennessean and other trains from Pullman  receiving the cars in 1949. Cars had full diaphragms and black trucks. Named in the Valley Series. All retired in 1971.

The example of a 11 Bedroom chosen is a scratch built by Southeast ScaleModels in Jacksonville.

Seaboard Hialeah 11 Bedroom Sleeper Isle Side

More Examples by SouthEastern ScaleModels

FEC Sleeper Jamaica 4-4-5-1 Pullman 1954

Bedroom Side

FEC Sleeper Jamaica 4-4-5-1 Pullman 1954

Isle Side

SAL BOCA GRANDE Sleeper 5-2-2 Pullman 1955

Isle Side

SAL BOCA GRANDE Sleeper 5-2-2 Pullman 1955

Bedroom Side

SAL Cedertown 4-5-1-4 BUDD 1955

Isle Side

SAL Cedertown 4-5-1-4 BUDD 1955

Bedroom Side

SRR York River 10-6 Pullman 1949

Isle Side

SRR York River 10-6 Pullman 1949

Bedroom Side

 

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