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Missouri Pacific #750 Parlor-Observation Car

The cosmetic restoration of this Parlor-Observation Car has enhanced Museum patrons' visits and educates the public on the streamlined passenger era.

Missouri Pacific #750 Parlor-Observation Car at the Museum of Transportation, St. LouisHistory
For twenty years this car brought up the rear of the Missouri Pacific Railroad’s famous “Missouri River Eagle” passenger train. Manufactured in 1940 by American Car & Foundry, this car boasted air conditioning, a public address system, a private dining room, individual reclining seats and an enclosed observation room instead of the traditional open observation platform.

Missouri Pacific #750 Parlor-Observation Car at the Museum of Transportation, St. Louis - at ACF in St. Charles, Missouri
You can see the American Car Foundry (ACF) assembly plant in
St. Charles, Missouri in the background.

While this car was in regular service it was frequently used by then-Senator Harry S Truman who traveled by train from his home in Independence, MO to Washington, D.C. It was donated to the Museum of Transportation by the Missouri Pacific Railroad when it was retired in 1963.

As an interesting side note it was Raymond Loewy, the famous industrial engineer that came up with the blue and cream Eagle passenger color scheme that brought color to the Missouri Pacific rails.

It was determined to cosmetically restore this car because of its significance on several historic levels.

  1. Because of its connection with Senator Harry S. Truman.
  2. It had great significance in the streamlined passenger era.
  3. This car has significance in both local and regional transportation history.

We Thank the Donors who have made this project possible

Union Pacific Foundation, Missouri Pacific Historical Society,
NRHS, and Gaylord Foundation.

Restoration Efforts Completed by our Volunteers

The MoPac #750 has had its paint removed, interior stripped, seats removed, vestibule and rollover steps rebuilt, the car has been rewired, body repairs done and a gasket system has been identified for the windows.

Work in progress, MoPac 750
Dismantling the interior.
Work in progress, MoPac 750
Work in progress, MoPac 750


Stripping paint on the exterior.
Work in progress, MoPac 750

Work in progress, MoPac 750 Work in progress, MoPac 750