Passenger, Railway Mail
and Express Equipment
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway No. 1890
End-Door Express Car built 1928
In the late 1920s, the Santa Fe Railway upgraded its passenger car fleet with a large number of new cars. Most were built by Pullman-Standard. The 1890 was one of the cars purchased at that time.
The car features large end-doors, which facilitated loading bulky items such as sets for touring broadway shows, light vehicles and the like. Similar cars were built to carry horses; the “horse cars” are identified by the fact that they are equipped with three side doors, rather than the two incorporated into the 1890.
Santa Fe donated the 1890 to the Gulf Coast Chapter – NRHS in 1984. It has since been repainted to its original Pullman green.