Maine Central Railroad Passenger Equipment

This is not complete, but for the moment I have most of the MEC's post-WWII passenger fleet

This compilation was begun from the January 1951 Official Register of Passenger Train Equipment , with car types obtained from Wayner's Pullman Co. List of Cars - 1950 and built dates checked against Wayner's Pullman Panorama . It has been expanded with information from Kratville's Passenger Car Catalog and John Hay of Philadelphia, PA.

The Maine Central was not a particularly passenger-oriented railroad, particularly after World War I. Service on most branches declined rapidly as roads improved and automobiles became more common. The only services commanding much prestige were the Boston - Bangor expresses operated jointly with the Boston & Maine and the summer-only all-Pullman Bar Harbor Express. Accordingly, with a few exceptions, MEC steel passenger eqipment was originally purchased for joint operation with the B&M and eventually downgraded and reassigned to other runs as it was replaced by newer cars.


Maine Central Passenger Equipment

NumberTypeBuilder Built Notes
180 - 189arch roof coach - 84 seatHarlan & Hollingsworth1923 ex-RDG 1946, sold to Korea circa 1957
201 - 204coach - 84 seatPullman1914 6-wheel drop-equalized trucks, 204 to steam generator car 111 in 1955
205 - 211coach/smoker - 73 seatOsgood Bradley1917 6-wheel drop-equalized trucks, 207 later renumbered 222
212smoker - 81 seatPullman1917 4 wheel drop-equalized trucks
213 - 221coach/smoker - 84 seatOsgood Bradley1924 4-wheel drop-equalized trucks
261 - 266coach/smoker - 66 seat Osgood Bradley1931 DeLuxe (266 ex-B&M 4581), scrapped circa 1960
301 - 322baggage, SUF?????? ???
322 - 332baggage, steel?????? 60 - 69 ft.
322 - 327baggage, steel?????? 60 - 69 ft.
328 - 332baggage, steelOsgood Bradley1921 64 ft., 4-wheel trucks
333baggage, steel?????? 70+ ft.
334, 335baggage, steel?????? 60 - 69 ft.
340, 341horse-baggage, SUFWason1908 65 ft., ret. 8/58
361 - 367baggage/mail, steelOsgood Bradley1923 60 ft. (15 ft. RPO), 4 wheel trucks, 2 widely spaced baggage doors/side
368, 369baggage/mail, steelOsgood Bradley1928 60 ft. (15 ft. RPO)
407 - 410baggage/mail, SUFOsgood Bradley1912 60 ft. (30 ft. RPO), 4 wheel trucks
411 - 414baggage/mail, steelLaconia1914 70 ft., 411 to baggage 352, at RMNE
415 - 416baggage/mail, steelOsgood Bradley1921 60 ft. (30 ft. RPO) 2 baggage doors/side, similar to B&M 3110 - 3114
417 - 420baggage/mail, steelOsgood Bradley1924 60 ft. (30 ft. RPO) 2 baggage doors/side, similar to B&M 3110 - 3114
501 - 510baggage/smoker, 32 - 48 seats, SUFLaconia1910 2 vestibules, 1 baggage door per side, scrap by 1959
521, 522baggage/smokerOsgood Bradley1931 DeLuxe, identical to B&M 3608-9. 522 r/n 322, used on official trains thru 1980
608 - 612mail, steelLaconia1914 60 ft. RPO

Maine Central Pullman-Standard Lightweights

NumberNameType Built Notes
15Merrymeetingdiner-bar-loungeJun. 1947 To C&EI 603 Merry Young 1951, to L&N lunch counter-lounge 2800 Dixie Traveler, to ATK 8380
16Arundeldiner-bar-loungeJun. 1947 To C&EI 604 Merrymeeting 1951, to L&N lunch counter-lounge 2801 Dixie Journey, to ATK 8381
240Alamoosookcoach - 56 seatJun. 1947 Sold 1960 to MP 770
241Webhannetcoach - 56 seatJun. 1947 Sold 1960 to MP 771
242Katahdincoach - 56 seatJun. 1947 Sold 1960 to MP 772
243Parmacheneecoach - 56 seatJun. 1947 Sold 1960 to MP 773
244Sagadahoccoach - 56 seatJun. 1947 Sold 1960 to MP 774
245Abenakicoach - 56 seatJun. 1947 Sold 1960 to MP 775
246Kineocoach - 56 seatJun. 1947 Sold 1960 to MP 776
247Passamaquoddycoach - 56 seatJun. 1947 Sold 1960 to MP 777
540 Lumber Kingbaggage/coach - 44 seatJun. 1947 Sold 1960 to MP, rebuilt to grill-coach 761
541Forest Queenbaggage/coach - 44 seatJun. 1947 Sold 1960 to MP, rebuilt to grill-coach 762

Maine Central Heavyweight Parlor Cars

Wayner's Passenger Car Catalog hints that these were from lot 4493, the same as the B&M's three Plan 2417D cars. As with the B&M's parlors, they don't appear to have been operated by Pullman under contract in the post-WWII era.

Number Name Type Plan No. Built Paint Trucks A/C Notes
10 Spruce Parlor-buffet 2417D 1917 Pullman Green 2410A Ice retired 12/52, to baggage 336
11 Pine Parlor-buffet 2417D 1917 Pullman Green 2410A Ice retired 12/52, to baggage 337

James VanBokkelen