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Old 05-25-2006, 08:32 PM   #1
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WHAT IS THIS TRAILER? It is 32 feet has fiberglass end caps, was built 8-61
in Sante Fe springs CA, has the numbers, 32S 105, and 126368, and
M-4 S-105-48 on the vin tag.
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Old 05-25-2006, 08:58 PM   #2
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Railroad bunk house ??

I don't know what it is, but as a guess, it might have been made for use alongside a railroad track as a bunkhouse or a remote work area sleeping quarters. I can't decode the serial number from my current reference materials.
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Old 05-25-2006, 09:08 PM   #3
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My dad bought this trailer in the early seventies from A southern pacific Railroad auction in Ogden Ut, The registration says that it is an airstream,
It has Southern Pacific emblems on the front and the back. It originally had two bunks in the middle, bathroom in the back, and kitchen in front of the bedroom. My dad says that it was a supervisors trailer built for two. There were also numerous trailers at this auction back then that had eight bunks, and a bathroom but no kitchen. I am trying to find out any info or history on this trailer. My intentions are to restore this trailer
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You probably presently know more about this trailer from the Airstream angle than anyone else does. It was likely made by Airstream's comercial division, so there isn't going to be any literature on it. You're traveling down some very narrow gauge tracks with your inquiry.

For history, you might contact the Southern Pacific (or the surviving railroad SP has merged into or been acquired by) and ask to speak to their historian or archivist. Other possible sources are retired SP employees or maybe SP railroad buffs, although they might focus more on rolling stock than on stationary aluminum "sheds". Or take your photos down to the railyard and ask to speak to anyone who knows about those old retired trailers. Good luck with your search and let us know what you find out.
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'61, I believe that the SP RR later merged with the Santa Fe RR (in the last 20 years or so). That might be a place to start with the company historian, if they still have one. Even old line companies are dropping those folks from the payroll any longer.

Got more pictures?

Fred, Santa Fe Springs, California was where one of the Airstream plants was located for a while, wasn't it? That's a heck of a coincidence.

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heres a few pictures, as you can see the interior is gutted. there was severe water damage to the floor and the cabinets
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Southern Pacific Railroad (SP) is now owned by Union Pacific Railroad (UP).
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1961WHAT, I think you might be able to check with the Union Pacific historian if indeed they absorbed the Southern Pacific Archives. As long as the have them there may still be time for you to research and find these trailers. Maybe you could also check with the DMV for any info they may have... (if they were ever towed on the highways). It is apparent from the one tag that they were transported by flatcar, but that doesn't mean that was the only way they were moved! But for now you could call it an Airstream Southern Pacific Supr Sleeper Special. Since you may be the only one with one of them it may never be known what they actually were called when original sold to the railroads. Just knowing they were used by crew supervisors is valuable in itself. I would give Union Pacific a call and see if they have any records that pertain to these trailers. Good luck and keep us posted on your restore work. Ed
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Not the only one!

The Feather River Railroad Museum has a similar unit, they are tracking down its history for me, when I get that, I will post it here. The trailer there was formerly owned by Western Pacific (now also a part of Union Pacific).
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The length and date of this trailer doesn't fit but in the "Wanderlust - Airstream at 75" book there's a mention of Southern Pacific Railroad. It says that Art Costello launched Operation Survival in 1964 after the economy sputtered to develop new income streams. One of the new markets was 50 custom made 38 foot crew trailers for Southern Pacific's line crews. They were larger than standard trailers and sported Southern Pacific's familar SP decal above the front window. Must have been an earlier order of custom trailers also.
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