Recently Geoffrey H. Doughty wrote an article for the Central Highlight magazine of the New York Central System Historical Society.
It is an extensive article and we have only briefly quoted from it.
At one time, about 1948, New York Central Railroad was the second, largest rail passenger carrier in the United States. This was the result of a passenger car order that eventually resulted in the delivery of 731 streamlined lightweight passenger cars from three manufacturers: Pullman-Standard, Budd, and American Car & Foundry. It would be the largest order for passenger equipment from a single railroad in American history.
But along the way all the railroads started to run into the same problem: riders were turning to automobiles. By 1956, the railroads were stuck with more than enough passenger cars to fill demand, keeping in mind that fleets had to accommodate seasonal fluctuations. In short, for some periods during the year, many of the cars sat idle in yards. By 1964, NYC had already decided to begin the process of selling many of its 10-6 Pullman-Standard sleepers to Mexican and Canadian railways. By the mid-1960’s Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus came along as a big customer for passenger equipment.
Check out the roster below of what they bought.