FRISCO RPO- ‘NORMANDY’
Shipping Q4, 2023
Frisco’s RPO ‘Normandy’
This Railway Post Office car was built by Pullman in 1947-48 specifically for the Meteor. The METEOR ran from St. Louis to Oklahoma City and had connecting cars to New York City (Pennsy) and Washington DC (Wabash), and Chicago (GM&O), and to Jersey City (B&O).
The consist was as follows: One RPO Baggage, often one or two heavyweight baggage (as needed), three or four Chair Cars, a Dormitory Chair Car, one Dining Car, Coach Buffet Lounge, five Sleepers, one Buffet Lounge Observation Car. This was pulled by two E-7 locomotives in the bright red scheme.
The Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis, is a great resource for this information and I have relied heavily on their publication on the Meteor. They also show consists in the 1950’s and 60’s with more head-end baggage and heavyweight Pullman Sleepers in the consists.
Another great train story!