"the Jitney: Penokee, Kansas 1957"

by Michael Boss
Oil on Linen
20" X 30"
From the Collection of Donna Schmidt, Hays, Kansas

15" X 22.5"
35 Artist's Proofs (Sold Out)
350 Signed and Numbered Edition (Low Inventory) $75 ea.

Jitney... an American colloquialism meaning "a motor vehicle that carries passengers for a small fare.

It seems only on the Plainville Branch of the Union Pacific was this type of Pullman built motorcar given this moniker. M-39 first ran on the branch on November 28th in 1928. Just shy of 30 years service, Jitney M-39 ran its last day of service on the 31st of May, 1958.

Penokee, originally named Reford, had a small depot. In 1915, it burned and was replaced with the only "pagoda" style depot on the entire Plainville Branch.