Spokane Club Passenger Car

Prior to the invention of the steam locomotive, people when they wanted to travel would either walk or use a horse.  Even with a horse  one could travel 30 miles a day at the max and that would be a long day.  But then the railroad changed things.  But early on passenger cars would be a box car retro-ed and seats were hard.  George Pullman, after sleeping in a seat on one of the before mentioned cars, got an idea to build a sleeping car that would fold up by day into seats and by night, into beds.  By 1860 the idea caught on and better, more luxurious cars came out so that by the turn of the century they became 5 star luxury hotels on wheels.

 

The Spokane Club was a half sleeper and a sitting area for the first class passengers.  The rounded end on the back allowed passengers to view in almost a 180 degree panorama.  Because of this it was always the last car on the passenger train.  The car colors were the Lowry scheme where the bottom was painted light

green and the top a dark green separated by a thin stripe of white.  The Spokane Club car 383 was built in 1948 but due to the popularity of the automobile was sold to a private owner in 1968.  The new owner was careful to not refurbish and kept alot of the NP equipment, to keep it in an original state.  He however did give it a blue paint job.  It is our desire to return it to what it was in the 50s.

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