Southern Pacific #10040

Technical Data

Builder Pullman
Date 1927
Class 77-D-6
Length 80′
Acquired 1997

History

Built new by Pullman  and delivered on March 7, 1927 for the Oregon & California Railroad (O&C an SP subsidiary). On November 8, 1928 the car was renumbered to  Southern Pacific Railroad (SP) #10040. Seating was reduced to 32 in April 1933. The car was modernized and seating restored to 36 in July 1937. Waukesha air conditioning was added in 1939 and the car was assigned to the “Sunset Limited”. In 1951 the car was used on “San Joaquin Daylight”.

In March of 1958 the car was retired as a Diner. In July of 1958 the car was moved to maintenance of way service as Southern Pacific (SP) #MW7068. PLA acquired the car in 1997. The car is currently undergoing restoration at  Brightside, CA

The picture above shows the diner in the car ship in 2007 just after the exterior was painted. 

80′ / Steel, Clerestory Roof Heavyweight / 80 tons

The picture below by Charles Smith shows the diner set up for dinner. Restoration is nearing completion. We still need to find the proper dining chairs for the car, but isn’t the interior beautiful!