Ya, Tom. I should have specified no Pullman sections to Richmond on the San Fransisco Chief (because the OP was remembering a trip from Chicago to San Fransisco). There is certainly a rich history of Pullman pickups and set-outs a la the example you gave. Alcoa headquarters was in Pittsburgh but because heavily international a lot of business was necessarily conducted in NYC. For many years Alcoa guys would walk from the Alcoa Building over to the PRR station after work and climb aboard a Pullman car that was parked there on a stub track. They'd settle down and a night train would pick up their car and they'd step off in NYC in time for morning business meetings. Dad talked about how much those guys hated the switch to air travel because it was hectic with no rest.