Harriman Blue 2

Manufacturer: Scammell China
User: Union Pacific Railroad
Pattern: Harriman Blue
Date: 1923-circa 1954
Notes: According to Richard Luckin's "Dining on Rails," this pattern was used in both the Challenger and Overland dining cars and at railroad-connected eating houses, such as Omaha Union Station or some of the UP operated parks in Utah. Two versions of this pattern were used, one topmarked and the other backstamped, but both with the Union Pacific Overland shield. Occasionally found with just "The Overland Route" on the bottom and no shield. Manufacturers included the Maddock Pottery Co., John Maddock & Sons (England) and Scammell China. The pattern was named for E.H. Harriman, director as of 1897 and later president, and his son W.A. Harriman, Chairman until 1946.

The dinner plate and saucer have the impressed Scammell's Trenton China on the bottom. Trenton China was first Maddock's trade name for their vitrified ware and later Scammell's after the purchase of Maddock in the early 1920s.

The border pattern, controlled by Harriman Lines, features a light or medium blue or even green scroll design around the rim and customized with the railroad shield reading Union Pacific at the top and The Overland Route in a circle and diagonal stripe below. The pattern was also used on another Harriman-controlled railroad, Southern Pacific, to provide some continuity on the jointly-operated trains.

Harriman Blue for the Maddock Pottery Co. version
Harriman Blue 3 for the Southern Pacific version

For further information:
http://www.uprr.com/aboutup/history/uprr-chr.shtml
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._H._Harriman
http://www.linecamp.com/museums/amer..._railroad.html
http://www.trainweb.org/highdesertrails/hcsrr.html




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