Dunkirk Dining Car Co.
Dunkirk, NY

  This company was organized to sell Mulholland diners.  They had as many as 6 salesmen at one time.  They, along with the known names of diner managers for diners which had not been sold to local interests yet.


Wallace Gillson
E.A. Cees
C.G. Hammond



Robert McKendrick - manager of dining cars (Mansfield and Marion, OH)
Ray Schwartz - manager of dining cars (Marion, OH)


Chautauqua Farmer & Grape Belt : Sept 25, 1925



Charter Issued at Albany for $30,000 Corporation To Boost Sale of Dunkirk Product.

  A $30,000 corporation has just been organized to handle the sale of the dining cars which are being manufactured by the Mulholland Company at its plant in Washington Ave. Dunkirk.  The new corporation has for its directors: Robert J. Gross  (Banker) of Dunkirk, Roscoe B. Martin(banker, historian), Mathew P. Wilson, William H. Marvin(sherriff), C. Warren Knapp(bank employee, director), and Walter Record (Attorney) of Forestville.  The corporation is to be known as the Dunkirk Dining Car Corporation and will begin operations at once.
  The car which the Mulholland company is making and which the new corporation will sell is said by those who have had experience in that, to be the finest car made.  It is 30 feet long and 10 feet wide with seats for 18 patrons.  It is a remarkably well built car, having an all steel bed or foundation and the woodwork, instead of just being nailed together, is jointed and fitted like the finest furniture.  The outer sides are sheathed with metal and this, with the steel bed, makes the car extremely solid and durable.
  The interior of the car has been arranged with the greatest care and there is not the smallest available space that has not been utilized for some practical purpose.
  The refrigerator has been built in and is of a surprisingly large size.  Ice cold running water is on tap at all times from an automatic tap at one side of the refrigerator.
  Next to the refrigerator is a space ready to hold a cash register.  Then comes the various cooking stoves, griddles, and grates.  Over this section there is a large hood and the entire section is kept ventilated and the fumes from the cooking operations are expelled by a large exhaust fan which has a capacity many times as large as is needed for the mere purpose of ventilating the cooking section.
  The usual arrangement of steam tables has been changed to make the system better adapted to dining car needs.  The ordinary five gallon water heater which is usually found in such cars has been replaced with an instantaneous gas heater which furnishes boiling water as rapidly as needed.  The water is piped to the sink which is located under the long eating table.  There are two sections to this sink.  One of them has a single faucet through any which water of any desired temperature may be obtained and the other has a perforated pipe run around the top and this throws a spray of boiling water over the dishes.
  The comfort of patrons has been assured in many ways.  Comfortable foot rests have been installed on each of the eighteen stools and there is a coat hook back of each place.  Nine windows or vents on each side of the top projection keep the air clear and provide plenty of fresh air.  The top of the eating tables is of thick glass with a white coating which gives it the appearance of marble.  Marble is not considered adapted to this work because it is so easily stained.  All of the paint work inside the cars is well done and is of a quality which is not only durable but which is very easily cleaned.  The best enamels and paints are being used.
  There are two doors, one on each side of the car and both are screened.   Weather proof fittings on the doors and the outside of the exhaust fan make the car as practical in winter as in summer.
  Electric lights have been built in and plugs and sockets are provided throughout the car allowing the installation of gas or any other electrical equipment.
  The exterior of the car is lacquered in an attractive yellow.  The metal sheathing is bound with aluminum bands and the appearance of the entire car is ornamental.  The wheels and springs appear to be well made and have been installed with a view toward making the car easily handled.
  The Mulholland Company is still making its usual line of truck cabs and bodies, but in addition is devoting a large amount of space to the manufacture of the new dining car.