Washington Village/Pigtown in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Pullman Troop Sleeper No. 7437
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,
War Assets Administration Troop Sleeper
Erected by The North American Railway Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • War, World II.
Location. 39° 17.105′ N, 76° 37.945′ W. Marker is in Washington Village/Pigtown in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from West Pratt Street east of South Schroeder Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 901 West Pratt Street, Baltimore MD 21223, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Working for the Railroad: African Americans (within shouting distance of this marker); Luther G. Smith (within shouting distance of this marker); First Commercial Railroad Right-of-Way in America (within shouting distance of this marker); Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); The National Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Railroads Eclipse a National Road (within shouting distance of this marker); B&O No. 908 (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Old Relay Station and Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Washington Village/Pigtown.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 82 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.