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WP 106

Audio Tour


WP 106

Charles O. Sweetwood ~ Pioneer

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You can watch a five minute video about the history of the WP 106 and the Rededication Ceremony on September 9th, 2017.

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BuilderPullman Company
BuiltSeptember 1917
TypeBusiness Observation
Plan number2502C
Serial number4490-3
Overall length18 feet 11 inches
Operating weight185,880 lbs
Acquisition Acquired by FRRS

More information about the WP 106 HERE

Audio Transcript:
WP 106 – Pioneer – Charles O. Sweetwood

Hiding in plain view at the WPRM, this old Pullman is probably the most famous single passenger car from the Western Pacific Railroad and for a time during the 1950's, was one of the most famous railroad cars in the western United States. It helped gather the blood that saved the lives of countless soldiers wounded in the Korean War.

Built in 1917 by the Pullman Company for its leased fleet, the car was named the “Pioneer”. The car was sold to the Western Pacific Railroad in May of 1942.

Early in the 1950’s Korean war, it was decided to create a rail-based blood donation center. The “Pioneer” was chosen for this new service.

The Western Pacific decided to rename the car after the first WP employee who had died in the Korean conflict. With the name of “Charles O. Sweetwood”, the 106 became the first blood procurement car in the U.S. for the Korean War.