The stained-glass miniature rose window in the cupola-style transept of the Cathedral
Car may have been copied from a similar design on the exterior of the Russian Orthodox
cars. Here the Cathedral Car is parked at the Chicago Pullman shops in November
1890, ready for delivery to Bishop Walker.
The Cathedral Car of North Dakota Church of the Advent
1890-1901 -- North Dakota
The first Baptist chapel car, at its dedication at Grand Central Depot in Cincinnati.
Paid for with donations from a syndicate of wealthy Baptist businessmen, the car
was built by the Barney & Smith Car Company of Dayton, Ohio.
American Baptist Publication Society, Evangel
1891-1924 -- MN, ND, MT, OR, WA, CA, AZ, NM, AR, KS, MS, LA, OK, IN, CO, NE, WY
Innovative ways were needed to bring the gospel to those who lived off the beaten
track. The first Upper Peninsula Episcopal chapel car was probably a loaned railroad
car, most likely from the Chicago & North Western Railroad, which was outfitted
as a chapel.
Episcopal Diocese Car #1 of Northern Michigan
1891?-1894? -- Michigan Upper Peninsula
It was a miracle that chapel car Emmanuel, dedicated in Denver May 24, 1893,
was completed. Times had changed since 1891. Because of the financial panic of 1893,
Barney & Smith Car Works, like most of the nation's businesses, found itself
in deep trouble. In 1893 immigrants by the thousands were pouring into Ellis Island,
those who were privileged to stay headed west, wherever the rails would take them.
The chapel cars were in much demand by state conventions. Emmanuel is listed
on the National Register of Historic Places and has had major restoration at Prairie Village,
American Baptist Publication Society, Emmanuel
1893-1942 -- AZ, CA, OR, WA, NV, ID, MT, MO, CO, SD
The Third Baptist car built by the Barney & Smith Car Company was a gift of
William Hills, a member of the chapel car syndicate from the Mt. Morris Baptist
Church of New York City and the head of the Hills Brothers Company. Glad Tidingstraveled
many miles on the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy route. From 1880 to 1905, the
CB&Q colonization plan brought hundreds of people from England, Scotland, Sweden,
and Germany to Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska. Glad Tidings ended its long service
in Flagstaff, Arizona.
American Baptist Publication Society, Glad Tidings
1894-1926 -- MN, ND, SD, IA, WI, NE, MS, CO, WY, AZ
This sketch of the second Chapel car of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan
was used in a promotional brochure. The car perhaps was purchased from the North
Western Railroad, where it may have been used as a business car, chair car, or caboose.
Episcopal Diocese Car #2 of Northern Michigan
1894?-1905? -- Michigan Upper Peninsula
When Good Will first visited Texas, the state was a wild and diverse land
of opportunities and extremes. In the land west of the Pecos River, Judge Roy Bean
was the law of the land. With the completion of the Southern Pacific railroad line
to Marshfield in 1916, it was possible to bring Good Will to Marshfield,
Coquille, Myrtle Point, Powers, and many other Oregon towns.
American Baptist Publication Society, Good Will
1896-1938 -- TX, MO, CO, ID, UT, OR, WA, CA
Because Baptist women across the country raised the funds for its construction,
Messenger of Peace would be called the Ladies' Car. Viewed by thousands at
the 1904 World's Fair, it traveled across the United States and Canada under the
auspices of the Railroad YMCA, and delivered the gospel from the Ozark Hills to
the Olympic Mountains. Summer's heat, which sent temperatures soaring inside the
chapel car, would cause the missionaries to put up the awnings.
American Baptist Publication Society, Messenger of Peace
1898-1948 -- KS, MO, CO, IL, WV, MT, NV, CA, OR, WA
A remarkable incident occurred during the Herald of Hope chapel car's dedication
in Detroit, Michigan, on May 27, 1900. While Dr. Wayland Hoyt was offering the prayer
of dedication, a dove was seen flying toward the car. As it reached a point directly
over where Hoyt stood on the platform, the dove made several circles in its flight.
The few who saw it said it was a thrilling sight. Called the Young Men's Car, this
sixth and last wooden car was a project of the young men of the Woodward Avenue
Church in Detroit. To provide the finishing touches, the women of the Detroit Woodward
Avenue Church furnished the car with linens, bedding, dishes, and other household
items, and the men of the First Baptist Church of Galveston, Texas, purchased a
handsome brass lectern.
American Baptist Publication Society, Herald of Hope
1900-1935 -- MI, IL, OH, IA, WV
The dedication of the first Catholic Church Extension Society chapel car, St. Anthony,
occurred on June 16, 1907. It was a wooden 1886 Wagner car, reconditioned by Pullman
Company vice president Richmond Dean. St. Anthony's work in Oregon resulted
in forty-three missions in the Archdiocese of Portland and forty-one in the Diocese
of Baker. It had seen the completion of eleven churches in the archdiocese and nine
in the Baker diocese, with several others under construction.
Catholic Church Extension Society, St. Anthony
1907-1919 -- OR, KS, WA, SD, ID, UT, TN, MS, LA, WI
At the time St. Peter was built, it was considered to be one of the longest
railroad cars in the world. The chapel of St. Peter was finished in St. Jago
mahogany with a Gothic design. Although the car was steel, the wood interior trim
still reflected the craftsmanship of the Barney & Smith builders.
Catholic Church Extension Society, St. Peter
1912-1930s -- IL, OH, KS, MN, MT, OR, NC, ID, UT
The last Catholic Church Extension Society chapel car St. Paul was dedicated
in New Orleans on March 14, 1915. It was donated by Peter Kuntz of Dayton, Ohio.
This last 86-foot steel ark would travel the rails of Louisiana from 1915 to 1918,
under the direction of Archbishop Nlenk, devoting its work to the mixture of people
located there, as well as serving in Texas, North Carolina, and Oklahoma.
Catholic Church Extension Society, St. Paul
1915-1954 -- LA, NC, OK, MT, ID, IA, IN, TX
The designers at Barney & Smith Car Company were asked by the American Baptist
Publication Society officials to make Grace, the last of the fleet of American
chapel cars, more "churchy." This was done by using Gothic arches instead of the
inset block feature that had been a part of the design of earlier Baptist cars.
One of Grace's first stops was at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition
in San Francisco. Grace is on display at the American Baptist Assembly at
Green Lake, WI.
American Baptist Publication Society, Grace
1915-1946 -- NV, CA, CO, WY, UT