Fort Smith in Sebastian County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
Missouri Kansas and Texas 100186 Power Car
In 1943 the M.K.T. bought 30 troop sleepers for $2800.00 per car and converted them to non-revenue service. The car provided power to operate the Diner Bunk car for the Parsons Kansas wreck train.
Erected by Fort Smith Trolley Museum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • War, World II.
Location. 35° 23.12′ N, 94° 25.817′ W. Marker is in Fort Smith, Arkansas, in Sebastian County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South 4th Street and Garland Avenue when traveling west. Marker and subject railroad car are located near the Fort Smith Trolley Museum parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 South 4th Street, Fort Smith AR 72901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Missouri Kansas and Texas 100162 Diner Bunk Car (within shouting A National Cemetery System (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Burials in the National Cemetery (about 600 feet away); William O. Darby (about 700 feet away); Fort Smith National Cemetery (about 700 feet away); The Trail of Tears (about 700 feet away); Address by President Lincoln (about 700 feet away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Smith.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Pullman Troop Sleeper Cars (World War II)
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1. Troop Sleeper (Wikipedia). Between December 1941 and June 1945 U.S. railroads carried almost 44 million armed services personnel. As there were not enough cars and coaches available to meet the massive need for troop transit created by World War II, in late 1943 the U.S. Office of Defense Transportation contracted with the Pullman Company to build 2,400 troop sleepers, and with American Car and Foundry to build 440 troop kitchen cars. (Submitted on January 6, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Troop Sleeper Car. A cutaway view of a Pullman troop sleeper depicts the car as configured for both nightime sleeping and daytime seating. (Submitted on January 6, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 6, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 6, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.