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McKeen Cars on the Union Pacific Railroad

Order Number/Date Railroad Road Number Weight Length Seat Notes
001- 3/1905 UPRR #1 20T 31′ 25 100H.P., Scrapped 6/1913
002-  9/1905 UPRR #2 28T 56’8″ 38 (57?) 100H.P., Fire 1/1915
003- 11/1905 UPRR #3 35T 55’2″ (54′?) 57 (45?) 100H.P., Original Cost $17475.87, Sold to O.S.L. 9/1924 as T-52, Scrapped 5/1951
004- 12/1905 UPRR #4 35T 55’2″ 57 100H.P., Original Cost $17475.87, Retired 11/1922
107- –/1911 DL&NW M-1 “Greeley” (M-4) 40T 70′ 38 To Great Western M-1, then UPRR M-4 (2nd)
005- 12/1905 UPRR #5 35T 55’2″ 38 100H.P., Original Cost $17475.87, Retired 4/1916
089- –/1910 DL&NW M-2 “Denver” (M-5) 39.5T 70′ 38 To Great Western M-2 9/1928, Then U.P. M-5Scrapped 12/1944
006- 2/1906 UPRR #6 35T 55’2″ 57 100H.P., Wrecked 4/1925, rebuilt with body 104, Original Cost $17475.87
007- 3/1906 Erie #4000 (#7) 27T 55’2″ 75 100H.P., Original Cost $19668.82, Sold to UPRR, 12/1907, Rebuilt into T-18
008- 7/1906 UPRR #8 30T 55’2″ 49 200H.P., Original Cost $23075.51, rebuilt into T-19
009- 8/1906 UPRR #9 55’2″ 38 Original Cost $16173.48, Scrapped 11/1922
010- 7/1907 UPRR #10 34T 55’2″ 54 Original Cost  $17115.44,  Scrapped 4/1934
011- 7/1907 UPRR #11 38T 55’2″ 16 Original Cost  $17115.44, Retired 7/1942
012- 8/1907 UPRR #12 35T 55’2″ 50 Original Cost  $17115.44,  Scrapped 6/1940
013- 9/1907 UPRR #13 35T 55’2″ 34 Original Cost  $17115.44, Wrecked 6/1936
014- 11/1907 ICRR #111 (#14) 40T 55’2″ 65 Was U.P.#14, Sent to I.C.R.R. early on, became #111, Retired 1925
116- 7/1911 Oregon SL #491  (M-62)  (M-15) 40T 70′ 38 Original Cost $21300.16, To UPRR M-15, 10/1917, Scrapped 12/1944.
117- 8/1911 Oregon SL #492  (M-63)  (M-16) 43T 70′ 50   Original Cost 21547.37,    to UPRR M-16, Scrapped 9/1952.
017-10/1907 UPRR M-17 40T 55’2″ 75 Retired 4/1940
118- 9/1911 Oregon SL #493  (M-65)  (M-18) 40T 70′ 38 Original Cost $21547.32, to UPRR M-18 10/1917, Scrapped 7/1942.
019-12/1907 UPRR M-19 40T 55’2″ 65 Retired 7/1942
031-12/1908 UPRR M-20 35T 55’2″ 71 Original Cost $16355.15 Scrapped 12/1944
054- 9/1909 UPRR M-21 40T 70′ 50 Rebuilt with Gas-Electric 7/1942, Scrapped 1/1948.
055- 11/1909 UPRR M-22 40T 70′ 38 Scrapped 5/1945.
146- 5/1915 UPRR M-23 37T 70′ Bag. 300H.P., Original Cost $22703.12, Scrapped 6/1947
151- 12/1917 UPRR M-24 n/a 70′ Bag. 300H.P., Original Cost $33469.44, Wrecked 5/1948, Scrapped 5/1949

Non McKeen – McKeen Cars

McKeen Cars built by the Union Pacific Co. after the Bankruptcy of March 1920.

 

Order Number/Date Railroad/Number Length Seat Power Notes
6/1923 M-26 70′ 68 McKeen  200H.P. Original Cost, 11798.17 for the body, Sold to the L.A.&S.L. M-101 1/1925, engine from M-9
1923 M-27 55’2″ 72 McKeen  200H.P. Engine from M-4, Scrapped 9/1934
7/1927 M-29 62′ 52 H.S.300HP Gas.Elec. drive, Scrapped 1956
7/1927 M-30 62′ 52 H.S.300HP Gas.Elec. drive,  Scrapped 4/1957

U.P. #1

(Nicknamed The Potatobug and the Doodlebug)

McKeen Motor Car #1 of the Union Pacific, this is also the First McKeen Car ever built, under the directions of William R. McKeen. Union Pacific McKeen Motor Car #1

McKeen Motor Car #1 before the motor car was finished in 1905.

Interior shot of the First McKeen Car.

Design Plan for the first McKeen Car showing either a 50H.P. or 100H.P. engine.  When the car was first built, it had a 50H.P. Engine, but tests around the yard proved that to be too weak, so McKeen sent an urgent telegram to the Gasoline Engine company in New Jersey for a 100H.P. as fast as they could ship it out.  As soon as it arrived, there were many U.P. workers assembling the new brackets etc. for the engine, and the motor was installed and tested right away.  Once McKeen had the slightest thought it would work, he sent it out to Kearney, Nebr. where the car was tested and proved to be successful.

Photo Courtesy of James Ehernberger.

U.P. #1 at Callaway, Nebraska, in August of 1905.  Motor man Clarence Beard and right is Floyd Schultz.

Photo Courtesy of James Ehernberger.

Scan of the engine plate off of the Gasoline Engine in the U.P.#1.

U.P. #2

(Nicknamed the Battleship, Cars #2-#6)

Photo Courtesy of James Ehernberger.

Cartoon dated 2/6/1907.

McKeen Motor Car Union Pacific #2. Man #1 is William Riley McKeen, founder of the McKeen Cars. Man #2 is the A. L. Mohler, V. P. & G. M., and man #3 is the U.S. Senator Joseph Millard. William McKeen Died in 1947 from a cold. A. L. Mohler almost died in 1916 by falling at a local (Omaha, Neb) ice rink in 1916, but died later in 1930. last but not least, Senator of Nebraska, Joseph Millard who died in 1922.

McKeen Motor Car #2., had seating for 57 passenger, and was 56’8″ long.

McKeen Motor Car #2 inside.

McKeen Motor Car #2.

U.P. #4

Photo Courtesy of James Ehernberger.

Motor Car #4 in Kearney, Nebraska, 1907.  This car was like #2, but this had a baggage section taking up 19 of the passenger’s seats.

U.P. #4 (2nd)

Photo Courtesy of the Denver Public Library

Photographed in Sterling, Colorado, August 11th, 1929.

Photo Courtesy of the Denver Public Library

Photographed in Denver, Colorado, January 31st, 1937.

Photo Courtesy of the Denver Public Library

M-4 running near Cheyenne, Wyoming, May 15th, 1938.

Photo of M-4, date unknown.

U.P. #5

U.P.#5 at Beatrice, Nebr.

M-5 on trials in California circa 1910.

U.P. #7

This is Possibly McKeen Motor Car #7, and it looks like the image below, but the car number may differ because the actual number car may differ. This image is from a McKeen Letterhead dated Sept. 18, 1913.

McKeen Car U.P. #7 McKeen Car U.P. #7, notice the motorman’s door on the right side of the motor car.

Photo Courtesy of James Ehernberger.

U.P. #7 seen here with one of the U.P. Trailer cars also built by the McKeen Motor Car Company.  Seen here in this 1907 scene, this car was the first McKeen Car with a center entrance and round passenger windows.

Photo of McKeen Motor Car #7

McKeen Car #7 of the Union Pacific Railroad. Courtesy of Union Pacific Historical Collection McKeen Car #7.

Photo Courtesy of the Union Pacific Museum

Motor Car #7 rebuilt as Trailer Car T-18, painted in streamline colors with M-23, M-24, and it’s sister Trailer Car T-19.

U.P. #8

Postcard of McKeen Motor Car Union Pacific 8.

McKeen Car #8, if you look closely then you will see the square windows at the back of the motor car.

Photo from an old article about the advancements of the McKeen Motor Cars.

Photo Courtesy of the Denver Public Library

M-8 with T-12, photographer in Sterling, Colorado, Just 27th, 1927

Photo Courtesy of the Union Pacific Museum

Motor Car #8 near the end of it’s life, rebuilt into Trailer Car T-19.

U.P. M-9(second)

The M-9, 70′ Motor car was second hand from the Denver, Greeley & Northwestern Railroad.

Photo Courtesy of the Denver Public Library

Photographed July 18th, 1930 near possibly in Denver, Colorado.

Photo Courtesy of the Denver Public Library

Near Denver, Colorado on June 3rd, 1931.

Photo Courtesy of the Denver Public Library

Photographed June 25th, 1932 in Denver, Colorado.

U.P. #10

McKeen Motor Car #10 shunting 10 empty freight cars.McKeen Car #10 shunting 10 empty rail cars to demonstrate the power of the gasoline engine. Courtesy of Union Pacific Historical Collection

McKeen Car U.P. #10 pushes a 40 ton gondola up a 7.6% grade. Here is the original article… Google Books.

McKeen Motor Car M-4 in the right center of the image.

U.P.#10 at unknown station.

U.P.#10 at the station in Greeley, Colorado.  This station was torn down in the 30’s and rebuilt to accommodate more traffic.

Current day station, built in the 1930’s, over the same site as the previous station.

Photo Courtesy of the Denver Public Library

An Employee only run between Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska, on February, 22nd, 1932.

U.P. #11

U.P. #13

Photo Courtesy of the Denver Public Library

Brighton, Colorado, July 26, 1919.

U.P. #14

Photo Courtesy of the Denver Public Library

Colorado, exact location unknown.

U.P. #16

Courtesy of Union Pacific Historical Collection McKeen U.P. M-#16

Union Pacific Motor Car M-16

U.P. #17

Motor Car put the finishing touch on Sterling’s excellent train service.

U.P. #18

Photo Courtesy of the Denver Public Library

Brighton, Colorado, 1921.

Courtesy of the Denver Public Library

Photographed in Adams, Colorado, on May 18th, 1931.

Courtesy of the Denver Public Library

Photo of the M-18 was taken on the South Platte River Bridge near Denver, Colorado on May 23th, 1931.

Photo Courtesy of Madison Kirkman, M.M.C.C.H.S.

M-18 near Sand Creek Jun. Colorado, train #516, taken 6-29-1940.

U.P. #19

U.P.M-19 possibly at Omaha Station during a photo shot to popularize the later “1910” styling of the McKeen Cars.  There really wasn’t a change in functionality, but since the company just had over 80 orders in 2 years, they wanted to change and “Improve” the design, to keep it up to date.  As Chris DeWitt mentioned in a small discussion between him and I, he stated that that was part of McKeen’s problem,  He wouldn’t stick with one idea, he was always changing. (Not the exact quote.)

Photo of U.P.#10 in Omaha Station during a photo op.

This is a postcard view of U.P.#19 at the Omaha Union Pacific Station, from the same “photo-op” as the previous two photos.

U.P. #20

Photo Courtesy of Madison Kirkman

Photo Courtesy of the Denver Public Library

Photographed in Odgen, Utah, September 7th, 1936.

U.P. #21

U.P.#21 at Boulder, Colo. around 1912.

U.P. #22

Photo Courtesy of the Denver Public Library

Photographed in Boulder City, Colorado, 1917.

U.P. #23

(M-23 and M-24 Nicknamed the Streamliners, the name was first given to M-10000, another U.P. Experiment)   Courtesy of Union Pacific Historical Collection McKeen Car #23 with trailer #499.

Photo Courtesy of Madison Kirkman, M.M.C.C.H.S.

Courtesy of the Union Pacific Museum

Courtesy of the Union Pacific Museum

Blueprint of M-23.

U.P. #24

McKeen M-23, T-18, M-24, and T-19

Courtesy of Union Pacific Historical Collection

McKeen Cars #23 at the front and #24 at the back. it is believed that the one McKeen Car sent to the Army Air services in 1917 after U.P. bought out the company, look like the #24, but the painted letter scheme is unknown.

 

U.P. #26

Photo Courtesy of the Union Pacific Museum.

U.P. McKeen Car #26 sits out front of the McKeen Car Factory possibly around June of 1923, when the car was reported finished.

U.P. #29

Courtesy of Union Pacific Historical Collection McKeen U.P. #29

U.P. #30

Photo Courtesy of Madison Kirkman, M.M.C.C.H.S.

Not much is known about this photo.  All that I can tell you is that they are transporting milk and passengers after 1937, as that is about the year of the truck on the left.

U.P. #100

Photo Courtesy of the Denver Public Library

Photographed in Salt Lake City, October 15th, 1931.

Photo Courtesy of the Denver Public Library

Photographed in Salt Lake City, Utah, September 6th, 1936.

U.P. Coach Car #499

McKeen U.P. Trailer #499 McKeen U.P. Trailer #499

Courtesy of the Union Pacific Museum

Switcher Engine on the U.P.R.R., notice William McKeen standing on the back of the engine.  It is now known if he built this switcher, but considering the time of his involvement with the U.P., he may have built it as a prototype before building his 300H.P. model.

McKeen Car Advertisements

McKeen Car Advertisement McKeen Advertisement from Railway Master Mechanic, Volume 34. Union Pacific McKeen Car #M-23

McKeen Motor Truck Used by the Union Pacific

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Miscellaneous Union Pacific photos & links

Interior shot of one of the early McKeen Cars modified with a lavish interior.

Back of the McKeen Factory in 1918

McKeen Factory side view, Factory in right center.

McKeen Factory in 1911 with U.P.#4 at right and two of the Ann Arbor cars inside.

Union Pacific motor car at Union Station in Omaha, Neb.

 

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