These 4 major railroads interlined cars with the extensive Southern Pacific route structure. Historians know already which routes these lines connected with. The chapter for each railroad begins with the earliest equipment which pre-dated the heavy-weight era. Tables provide basic roster data including air conditioning system if applicable and exterior paint color. Some floor plans and general dimensions for some cars provide more detail.
Most photographs are Black-and-White as the rosters include pre-1900 cars. Some photographs are builders photos, some in-service photos, some photos show modifications to the cars over their service life. An Appendix details Western Pacific arch roof dining cars which had many similarities and dimensions to Harriman Standard cars but were not direct copies.
Here is the publisher's description of the book:
This is a companion volume to the five Southern Pacific passenger car volumes published by the Southern Pacific Historical and Technical Society.
The dining and lounge cars of the railroads which inter-lined equipment on through trains operated jointly with the Southern Pacific are the cars detailed in this volume. The monster title of this book lists those railroads. The Southern Pacific routes these cars operated on were the Overland and Golden State routes.
An addendum covers the arch roof dining cars operated by the Western Pacific Railroad.
Contents:Dining and Lounge Cars Operated by C&NW, pp. 12-47;Dining and Lounge Cars Operated by CMStP&P, pp. 48-65;Dining and Lounge Cars Operated by CRI&P, pp. 66-117;Dining and Lounge Cars Operated by Union Pacific, pp. 118-193;Appendix: Western Pacific Non-Common Standard Arch Roof Dining Cars, pp. 194-199;Bibliography and Index, pp. 200-208.
This is an extensive work with 265 photographs (25 in color), 59 plans, Rosters, Appendix, Bibliography, Glossary of Terms and Index.
Union Terminal Publications, 208 pages, standard landscape book 10 x 8 in., Black-and-White and Color photographs.