Mar 26, 2015
Yeah, but now even Amtrak has come out on team CP.
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Look Ma, no extra paint. Today in Hearne, Texas.
Wow, those are clean!
Hope they stay that way for a little while.
Paducah Geep ICG 7735 at Tuscaloosa, AL, 04/1984, formerly SLSF GP-7 585. She went on to enter the Paducah & Louisville's roster.
On the Georgia Northeastern at Tate GA - June 2, 2021
That's an interesting looking car. What's its purpose?
Old VIA Rail steam generator car for passenger train use.
Did they have an excursion service, or attempt setting up one?
Thanks. Its windows, top, and paint scheme look like a B-unit. But the box car ends threw me.
May have been a WWII troop sleeper that was repurposed. But then again they were a bit longer and had different ends.
Definitely ex-ViA exx-CN steam generator car. They repurposed boxcars for that purpose. The express-like trucks confirm it.
CN had a whole gaggle of those and VIA inherited a lot of them.
It may have been gutted to use as a MOW tool car or something like that.
Correction: the IRM has inherited it and it still has its steam generators intact!
They do operate the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
However, I'm not sure this old ex VIA heater car has ever seen service on those trains.
The running boards look a little soft on this one. Down at the Galveston RR Museum back in April.
It's that hot Texas sun that does it.
Not just the sun but also the heat and humidity.
They're just plum tired.
Out of curiosity, might the blades straighten out if you spun the fans slowly? Spinning slowly might not cool the blades as much as spinning them fast.
Not the cheep pressed fiber board that is used to make them. The humidity soaks into it and de-bonds the glue. Kind of like when you soak OSB plywood (Oriented Strand Board). It will never return to normal. I replaced all the blades on the porch fans at the Armadillo Ranch with solid plastic ones.
And now back to trains. Hempstead, Texas last November.
That's what happens when you run your staging yard tracks too close to the furnace.
A lot of us railfans sag as we get older and spend all that time out in the hot sun watching trains...