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1948 Union Pacific Coach Seat Fabric
Posted by San Diego Mark on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 11:18 PM

I am with the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum (PRSM). I am leading a project to reupholster the seats in UP576 https://www.psrm.org/trains/passenger/up-576/ . The 1931 Pullman was modernized in 1948 to the current configuration. I have a high quality sample of the seat fabric used https://1drv.ms/u/s!AiIGHVAwHEVHxXPrnQeN6dTqwqMD?e=A6HNr6. Seems likely that UP would have used this fabric across all coaches modernized in the time period but I have no confirming reference. Can anyone comment on this? Anyone recognize this fabric and/or know the fabric name as used in the late 40's time frame? Thank you.

 

 

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Posted by Overmod on Thursday, May 26, 2022 11:55 AM

Ask this on the RyPN 'Interchange' -- there are car restoration specialists and enthusiasts over there who may even know a source to replicate that fabric.

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Posted by 54light15 on Thursday, May 26, 2022 1:28 PM

Try these guys- they have everything. I imagine they'd be glad to help out. 

https://smsautofabrics.com/ 

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Posted by San Diego Mark on Thursday, May 26, 2022 11:07 PM

Thanks for your help. I will follow-up.

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Posted by BaltACD on Saturday, May 28, 2022 3:22 PM

54light15
Try these guys- they have everything. I imagine they'd be glad to help out. 

https://smsautofabrics.com/ 

Was looking for fabric for my Triumph TR-7 seats - they are only domestic.

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Posted by Overmod on Sunday, May 29, 2022 8:42 AM

BaltACD
Was looking for fabric for my Triumph TR-7 seats - they are only domestic...

Just re-do them in Connolly hides!  That car deserves it.

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Posted by BaltACD on Monday, May 30, 2022 7:57 PM

Overmod
 
BaltACD
Was looking for fabric for my Triumph TR-7 seats - they are only domestic... 

Just re-do them in Connolly hides!  That car deserves it.

Car has a predominately red tartan plad, with black panels around the edges of both the seat and the seat back.

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Posted by 54light15 on Monday, May 30, 2022 10:26 PM

As I recall from an article in Hemmings Classic Cars, SMS will run off however many yards of fabric you need if you send them an unfaded sample. I imagine a train car would take a LOT of fabric which I would think they would be glad to do. It's worth asking. 

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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 5:24 AM

And before placing the order, check weith other museums with ex-UP coaches to se if a combined order for several cars is possible.

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Posted by San Diego Mark on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 2:24 PM

Folks,

Thank you for your interest in this topic. At this point (June 1, 2022), (1) I am in discussions with a mill who claim they can produce high quality reproduction of original. I do not have a quoted price at this point but it will likely be in excess of $200 per yard. Will come back to this post thread when I have more details. (2) I have just started to search UP print ad from late 40's and early 50's. So far, I found one post card ad with the exact same fabric which I have at PSRM. Likely this fabric used for years by UP across all passenger seats but I have no proof at this point. If you are aware of any ads with seats, I would appreciate link to source. Thank you.

 

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