PHOTOS: Pullman cars that once transported troops now up for sale

Posted at 12:37 PM, Mar 05, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-06 13:14:22-05

FORT LEE, Va. (WTVR) — The Department of Defense is auctioning off four Pullman commuter rail cars that were used to transport troops in times past.

The 85-foot commuter rail cars, which date from the 1950s, have been in storage at Fort Lee since 2011.

Officials said since they are no longer needed by the military and are unusable for private sector use, they are now going up for public auction on the Department of Defense’s auction site: Government Liquidation.

Bidding for each of the four rail cars, which have 157 seats with additional standing room, starts at $25.

Online bidding begins Monday, March 10 at 12 a.m. and closes Wednesday, March 12 at 5 p.m.

Keep in mind, the winning bidders will be responsible for pulling the cars from Fort Lee via a commercial rail carrier.

Another four rail cars are scheduled to be auctioned on Monday, April 7.


  • Commuter Rail Car
  • Pullman Gallery Type 1 Cars
  • built around 1956.
  • car #USAX409,
  • 124,000 lbs ea.
  • Length: 85
  • Width: 10 -6
  • Height: 15 -10
  • Truck wheel base: 8 -6
  • Journal Size: 6 x12
  • Wheel Diameter: 33
  • Capacity 157 seats with additional standing room