Indeed, in the post World War II expansion, the advantage of a single Union Station was a particular point of interest to the Pullman Company and the railroads that were interested in expanding their passenger train markets. The home town Missouri Pacific soon became a much sought after "sweetheart" as the Pennsylvania Railroad expressed an interest in operating sleeping cars to many southwestern points.
Caught in the middle of this post war enthusiasm was the Terminal Railroad - often the target of critics including the City of St. Louois, state governments, property owners, the Federal Judiciary, and the various proprietary companies that owned stock in the TRRA.
The idea of pulling one car off an incoming passenger train and placing it into the consist of a departing passenger train, may not seem like an insurmountable task. However, when the car in question is third from the last on the incoming train and must be switched so that it is fifth from the rear in the consist of the departing train - all within the span of sixty minutes, preferably less, only adds tension to the mixture.
For the TRRA this extra duty meant that one, sometimes even two or three switch crews must stand by and be ready to perform the assigned chores. Oh, woe be to the TRRA General Manager or Superintendent who miscalculates and the departing Texas Eagle is fifteen minutes late while the Texas Special, its primary competitor, left on time.
The story of interline Pullmans has been briefed before - first, from the B&O's point of view, some years ago, and in our last issue - which highlighted the failed attempt of the New York Central. However, the key player in this episode of rail history, apart from the Terminal Railroad, was the Missouri Pacific.
Most of these Pullman routes lost money, indeed some were borderline ventures even in 1946 when they were inaugurated. It was only when the rail companies grew financially weary of providing this service on a loss-plus basis did the cars cease operating. It was among the TRRA's happiest hours when that day did arrive.
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The Editor's Page
Missouri Pacific Lines/Route of the Eagles
St. Louis Pullmans on the Eagles
St. Louis Union Station was a Missouri Pacific Pulman Playground
Pages 4-28, 43-73, with many photos, lists, timetables, drawings, maps, and foldouts at pages 19-20, 41-42, and 61-62
Selling Pullman Tickets on the Missouri Pacific
There Were Some Benefits Aside From the Work
Mexican Pullman Operations/The Pullman Company
from the 1969 Annual Report of the Pullman Company, and other sources
Pages 74-91, with many photos, timetables, drawings, letters, etc.
Missouri Pacific Pullman Miscellany
From the Pullman Archives
TRRA and Passenger Operations
The St. Louis Pullman Shops
Pages 96-103, with several photos (one in color), and a double foldout at pages 98-100
Little Rock's Last Set-Out St. Louis Sleeper
A Journey to Remember
Pages 104-114, with photos and consists
Notes on Text
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Last Update: Wed, 22 Dec 2004 by Rich Zellich