AT&SF Pullman Verde Valley is one of 26
sleeping cars delivered to the railroad by Pullman Standard in early
These cars, with three different bedroom types, saw service on many
Fe sleeping car routes.
Three of the 26 Valley series sleepers originally were
assigned to Chicago-Kansas
City-Tulsa service, while the remaining cars were assigned to the
Limited, although the cars could be found in other consists,
the famous Chief, as well.
After World War II, the Verde Valley ran
regularly in Santa Fe’s Temple, Texas, to California service, originally named the Texan westbound and California Special
eastbound, with the California through cars connecting with Santa Fe
Chicago to California trains in Clovis, New Mexico. The service
was extended from Temple to Houston in 1948, and after this the Verde Valley was found regularly at Houston Union Station.
In 1954, the Texan name was dropped and the train was known in both directions as the California Special until Santa Fe discontinued the service in 1968. Santa Fe donated the car to the Gulf Coast Railroad Museum in 1969.
Verde Valley is named after an area of Arizona known
non-desert qualities (verde is Spanish for green).
in the car, which is called a “6-6-4”, include six open sections with
and lower berths; six roomettes (sleeping one person each); and four
bedrooms (for two persons each). Bedrooms and roomettes feature
and toilets; section passengers had access to four general lavatories.
The photos below apparently were taken by a Pullman
when theValley series cars were new. At left is a view of a
in a Valley series car. At right are four of the six open
Santa Fe made few alterations to the Verde Valley over the
the most apparent being the blanking of small windows in the open
upper berths and a truck change.
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