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Super Dome Train Car Cutaway 1952

Sightseeing “dome” rail cars were not new in 1952, but to this point these VistaDomes, as they were called, had extended only partially along the length of the car.  With the new Pullman super dome car, this “greenhouse” area now extended 73 feet, the entire length (more or less) of the car, accommodating 68 passengers.

The half-inch thick glass top was double-walled, air conditioned air flowing through the plenum during hot summer months.

Downstairs was a 28 seat diner with full electric kitchen.

The Napa Valley Wine Train is one of the few outfits running Super Dome Cars, though in their literature they mistakenly refer to them as VistaDomes.

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Source:  Popular Science, July 1952

In 1932, the time of this cutaway, this two-story Pullman berth intended to offer four rooms:  two up and two down.  Each room would have its own daybed, sink, and toilet.

The article implied that this arrangement was still in its testing phase, and that if it met “with favor,” the company would build more.

According to Rails West, this so-called duplex car was eventually built in large quantities.

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Two Story Pullman Rail Car 1930

Two Story Pullman Rail Car 1932

Source:  Popular Mechanics August 1932

This unusual device, made by Stephens-Adamson Co. of Los Angeles, CA, reached deep into boxcars that had loose contents and swept the contents out of the open door.

As it turns out, Stephens-Adamson Co. is still around today.

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Railroad Boxcar Sweeper Arm Cutaway 1950

Railroad Boxcar Sweeper Arm Cutaway 1950

Source:  Popular Science March 1950

It was a fairly accurate prediction, in 1920, of the difference between the bulky locomotive of the day vs. the predicted streamlined version.

The article claimed that more locomotives had been built in the last 15 years than in all of history–perhaps true.

It was also claimed that, by streamlining the locomotive and cutting down on wind resistance, it could achieve speeds of up to 150 mph.

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Old vs. New Locomotive Cutaway, 1920

Old vs. New Locomotive Cutaway, 1920

Source: Popular Science Monthly February 1920

Peacekeeper Rail Garrison Car Cutaway, 1986

Peacekeeper Rail Garrison Car Cutaway, 1986

This drawing of a railcar with a missile inside looks exactly like the style of cutaways from the 1960s–lurid colors, chunky brush strokes.

Amazingly, it’s not.  The Peacekeeper Rail Garrison Car Program was developed by the U.S. Air Force in the 1980s, during the Reagan Administration, as a way to keep the upcoming LGM-118 Peacekeeper (MX) ICBM on the move and disguised in the event of nuclear war.

The 50 missile launchers would be installed in pairs in 25 trains specially built by the St. Louis Refrigerator Car Company.

The program was disbanded in 1991 with the easing up of tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States.

Source:  Flickr / X-Ray-Delta