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Passenger Car, Lightweight, Budd, Parlor Observation

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NamePassenger Car, Lightweight, Budd, Parlor Observation
RegionNorth America
TypePassenger Car
VarietyBudd, Corrugated Parlor Observation
ManufacturerBudd (Details)
EraNA Era V: Modern Diesel (1979 - Present)

History: Budd was one of the leading producers of lightweight streamlined passenger cars during the postwar period. The corrugated design permitted extra strength to the car sides. Budd built many different designs such as sleepers, coaches, dome cars and diners. The cars were built from stainless steel.

A parlor car (or parlour car outside the United States of America) is a type of passenger coach that provides superior comforts and amenities when compared to a standard coach. Parlor cars came about on United States railroads to address the absence of separate class accommodations. In the United Kingdom and Europe, passenger trains carried first-, second- and third-class coaches, with the first-class coaches offering the best seating and costing the most money. In contrast, American trains offered a flat rate and standard accommodations. For nineteenth century writers this represented a difference between class-bound Europe and the democratic United States. Most parlor cars were found on daytime trains in the Northeast United States. In comparison to a standard coach, a parlor car offered more comfortable seating and surroundings, as well as food and beverages, but it was far inferior to a sleeping car for an overnight trip.
The Budd Company was a 20th-century metal fabricator, a major supplier of body components to the automobile industry and a manufacturer of stainless steel passenger rail cars, airframes, missile and space vehicles, various defense products.
Budd was founded in 1912 in Philadelphia by Edward G. Budd, whose fame came from his development of the first all-steel automobile bodies in 1913 and, in the 1930s, his company's invention of the "shotweld" technique for joining pieces of stainless steel without damaging its anti-corrosion properties.
Budd Company became part of Budd Thyssen in 1978 and in 1999 a part of ThyssenKrupp Budd. Body and chassis operations were sold to Martinrea International in 2006. No longer an operating company, Budd filed for bankruptcy in 2014. It currently exists to provide benefits to its retirees.

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Item created by: George on 2024-04-03 10:52:14. Last edited by George on 2024-04-03 10:52:15

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