Pullman Pricing 1929 San Fran to Chicago and Chicago to NYC

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Pullman Pricing 1929 San Fran to Chicago and Chicago to NYC

Postby DavidN » Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:55 pm

I am researching Pullman pricing for March 1929 from San Francisco to Chicago and Chicago to NYC. Any information and/or sources that you can recommend to me would be most appreciated. Thank you.
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Re: Pullman Pricing 1929 San Fran to Chicago and Chicago to

Postby electricron » Sun Mar 04, 2018 4:54 pm

This link has your answers for 1929 using the WP and Pullman between Oakland and New York City.
http://viewoftheblue.com/photography/ti ... /WP329.pdf
Specifically found on pages 35 and 36;
Lower berth $32.63
Upper berth $26.10
Drawing Room $115.50
Compartment $91.50
I hope this helps! ;)
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Re: Pullman Pricing 1929 San Fran to Chicago and Chicago to

Postby DavidN » Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:25 pm

Many thanks to all who provided information and/or links to information regarding Pullman pricing in 1929!!
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Re: Pullman Pricing 1929 San Fran to Chicago and Chicago to

Postby D Alex » Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:45 pm

Don't forget, Pullman owned the cars, and would route them all the way coast-to-coast, meaning you never had to transfer in Chicago. Chances are pretty good that a
SF to NY Pullman would be routed through St. Louis.
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Re: Pullman Pricing 1929 San Fran to Chicago and Chicago to

Postby ExCon90 » Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:12 pm

Not the case. Through Pullmans to and from the West Coast were operated for about a decade after World War II, and only between New York and Los Angeles and San Francisco. Participating railroads were B&O (bringing Washington and Baltimore into the picture), NYC, and PRR in the East, and ATSF, CB&Q-DRGW-WP (I think), C&NW-UP and -SP, CRI&P-SP--I think that's the lot to and from the West Coast. There was service through St. Louis to Texas points via MP and SLSF-MKT. Since all routes used the major trains, that meant the Pullmans arrived in Chicago from about breakfast time to early afternoon (the great majority of passengers destined to Chicago rather than beyond) and the connecting trains left after the business day for the same reason. The major advantage to through passengers was the ability to leave their stuff in their room and do a little sightseeing during the afternoon. David P. Morgan, in Trains magazine, referred to the arrangement as a "glorified baggage transfer."
In any event (not having an Official Guide handy), there were no through cars from San Francisco to New York in 1929. A free transfer service for passengers and baggage traveling on through tickets was provided by Parmalee Transfer and included in the through fare at the expense of the railroad leaving Chicago. The only practical route not requiring a change of stations in Chicago would have been WP-D&RGW-CB&Q-PRR. The fare for transportation charged by the railroads would have been the same via all routes.
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Re: Pullman Pricing 1929 San Fran to Chicago and Chicago to

Postby D Alex » Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:51 pm

Well, my dad took one from Philadelphia to SF back in 1946 I believe. He told me it was the first time he'd taken the B&O, and they handed off the Pullman at St. Louis.
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Re: Pullman Pricing 1929 San Fran to Chicago and Chicago to

Postby ExCon90 » Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:53 pm

Well, that's one I missed then. Do you know what railroad handled the car from St. Louis? The likely route would have been WABASH-Kansas City-UP-Ogden-SP, but there are other possibilities. Maybe someone has an Official Guide from 1946?
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Re: Pullman Pricing 1929 San Fran to Chicago and Chicago to

Postby D Alex » Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:06 pm

Not sure-dad's mind isn't what it used to be. I know he said he paid for the trip rather than get put in a military train (boy, did he have some stories about the 2 times he took them!).
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