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last updated 1/13/09

Stewardess Room: The Overland Trail was built with a special double bedroom that was originally designated as the quarters for the stewardess/nurse assigned to the San Francisco Overland.

The Stewardess's bedroom/office quarters on board the Overland: Although the car was built after the war, the room is typical of prewar construction -- that is, the sink and toilet are in the same room as the bed. Most post war constructed cars featured a toilet annex in each multi-bed room that helped ease the awkwardness of using the facilities while the room was occupied by your travelling companion. The room was designed with the popular "full width" (perpendicular to the length of the car) lower sofa berth (which folded down for night use) plus the upper which folded away into the wall when not needed.

The balance of the features were typical of bedroom appointments: lighted mirror, folding sink, toilet with vanity seat cover, rubber bladed fan, independent heat control, mini closet and waste receptacle. It appears that a 110 volt outlet was added as an after thought (tapped through the wall from a barbershop outlet).

An important item missing that would always be found in a normal public sleeping car space ... the ever present "shoe locker" that would allow the sleeping car porter to exercise that time honored, nocturnal tradition of a shoe shine. Some items present that wouldn't normally be found: a folding table built onto the wall (for any paper work the stewardess might have to complete?) and a privacy curtain similar to the classic dark green open section curtain. I suppose for added privacy should a male crew member seeking an audience with the Stewardess, forget his manners and barge in without knocking. After all, at that time, it was still very much a man's world out on the railroad.

In the railroad vernacular, a bedroom is always a two person room (as opposed to a roomette, a single person room or a drawing room, which sleeps three). I am puzzled by the fact that the railroad had the room built with two beds ... maybe the thought was the room could later be used for both the barman and waiter that might be assigned to the car.


The role of "Train Hostess/Stewardess/Nurse" on board train

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