Southern Pacific : Sunburst Rose
Ex Western Pacific MofW 37-7 in August 2004. The former 12 Section - 1 Drawing room sleeper was rebuilt by SP to Baggage-Dormitory car 3503. WP modified the car for Maintenance of way service.David Roth Photo
Built as the Red Cross, The car was renamed Sunburst Rose 8-21-1930 for the Union Pacific. Air conditioning was added 1/28/35. The car became property of the Southern Pacific on 12-31-1948 and was leased to Pullman. Withdrawn from lease 9-15-53, it was rebuilt to dormitory car SP 3503. After being retired by the SP, the car ended its' days in MofW service for the Western Pacific Railroad and numbered 37-7. When retired the car was acquired by the Portola Railroad Museum, where it is displayed today.
Sunburst Rose was acquired by Southern Pacific 12-31-1948 in the Pullman divestiture. Its' last two shopping were at Richmond where it was painted diagram 4864; Pullman green with Southern Pacific in the letterboard.
SP 3503 shows under the coat of MofW silver . David Roth Photo
Sunburst Rose is still equipped with Pullman 242A trucks applied to many cars built during the mid 1920's...David Roth Photo
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