Friday, May 2, 2014

Farewell is not Forever - Pt. 25: SP&S Sleeper #366 Portland

IMG_2185 SP&S Sleeper #366 Portland

This is the fourth passenger car kept here. It is not in the same good condition as the others, and seems to be used only for storage. However, it is the only one of the four cars whose exact identity is known. This car is an 8-6-4-1 sleeping car. It originally featured 8 duplex roomettes, 6 roomettes, 3 double bedrooms and 1 compartment. It was built in 1948 by Pullman-Standard as Spokane, Portland & Seattle #366, the Portland. It was used on the Northern Pacific's North Coast Limited, and its ownership by the SP&S represented the SP&S's Portland through-car connection to the Chicago-Seattle train, which was made in Pasco, Washington. This car was undoubtedly pulled behind #700 at some point in its career. The car lost the name Portland in March of 1954, and from then on was known simply as #366.

IMG_2187 SP&S Sleeper #366 Portland

Though the Northern Pacific owned 17 of these cars, this was the only one owned by the SP&S. Some of the original lettering can still be seen through the mineral red paint, which was probably applied when the car was used for maintenance service, probably as a bunk car for maintenance crews.

IMG_2186 SP&S Sleeper #366 Portland

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