Safety First, Last and All the Time

Bathtubs, step ladders, and automobiles were far more dangerous than Pullman cars, brags this booklet. While 26,000 people died in auto accidents in 1929, only 114 railroad passengers lost their lives in that year, only 8 of whom were in Pullmans. This citation of 1929 data gives us a clue that this series of booklets was published in about 1930.

Click image to download a 1.8-MB PDF of this 12-page booklet.

While most of the booklet focuses on what the Pullman company has done to emphasize safety, it closes with a sign familiar to railroad travelers of the era: “Passengers should not stand on platform and must not open vestibule doors.” On a train without dome cars, one of the great pleasures of riding was opening a vestibule dutch door and seeing the scenery and feeling the wind in your face. Since trains in 1929 averaged less than 30 miles per hour, this generally wasn’t dangerous, but train personnel did their best to discourage it just to be safe.

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