Prior to the 1860s, the concept of sleeping cars on railroads had not been widely developed. George Pullman pioneered sleeping accommodations on trains. Pullman porters were men hired to work on the railroads as porters on sleeping cars. Starting shortly after the American Civil War, Pullman porters served American railroads for 100 years from the late 1860s until late in the 20th Century.
Rosenberg Railroad Museum presents a fascinating look at the development of American passenger rail service with a focus on the special nature and unique service of the Pullman Porter.