Railroad Passenger and Baggage Cars

McKeen 1908 Union Pacific T8
McKeen 1908
Union Pacific T8
Description:Baggage/RPO Trailer

Equipment Information

Union Pacific T8 is an all-steel baggage/RPO (Railway Post Office) trailer. It was designed by William McKeen of the Union Pacific to be hauled behind a self-propelled gas-powered passenger car and is a very early example of streamlined railroad car design.

Union Pacific T8 Details

Builder: McKeen
Year built: 1908
Length: 30ft 10in
Width: 10ft
Height: ??
Weight: 27700 lbs
Brakes: ??
Trucks: MCB
Description: Steel Baggage-RPO / Motor Car Trailer
Arrived: 1999
Condition: Incomplete / unrestored / not operational

Read more about the history of this car in Rail & Wire #182

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Union Pacific T8 Ownership History

1908-1934 – Union Pacific #T8
1934-1991 – Private owner, Bellwood, Nebraska (shed)
1991-1999 – Private owner, Cheyenne, Wyoming
1999-present – Illinois Railway Museum, Union, Illinois

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