Pullman Troop Sleeper No. 7437

Pullman Troop Sleeper No. 7437 (HM2I9R)

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N 39° 17.105', W 76° 37.945'

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During World War II, railroads quickly experienced a shortage of available coaches and sleeping cars as they moved an average of one million military personnel per month. In order to accommodate traffic, the federal government ordered durable troop sleepers from the Pullman Manufacturing Company. After the war, troop sleepers were sold to railroads and converted into such things as baggage cars, cabooses, and refrigerator cars. The No. 7437 was abandoned in New York until the Western Maryland Railway purchased it in 1947 for maintenance of way service. It eventually operated as part of the Chessie System and retired in 1988.

Made from a standard design, the functional sleepers were essentially boxcars with windows and bunks.

An Association of American Railroads advertisement from March 1943 encouraged civilian support during the war.

Each car accommodated 29 men and one Pullman Porter.

A standard sleeper car ordered by the United States government during World War II
Built by the Pullman Standard Car Manufacturing Company, 1944
War Assets Administration Troop Sleeper
HM NumberHM2I9R
Placed ByThe North American Railway Foundation
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Date Added Saturday, June 29th, 2019 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 359211 N 4349683
Decimal Degrees39.28508333, -76.63241667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 17.105', W 76° 37.945'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 17' 6.3" N, 76° 37' 56.7" W
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