Friday, May 30, 2014

Inspection Car Update

Our friend Bill Buhrmaster at Mid-Continent sent me some documents dealing with the group's acquisition of the Dodge inspection car back in 1960.  At that time it was out of service and stored at the South Beloit roundhouse.  The bid was revised down from $40 to $25 when they found that several motor parts were missing.  Of course, this is in 1960 dollars, but still....   However, the car has already been paid for and removed from Wisconsin, so I guess it's too late to revise our bid!  

And while we're on the subject, I'd like to know more about how the car was used when it was still running.  Where was it stored when not in use?  Was it always based out of South Beloit?  Anybody who knows anything about the Milwaukee Road is welcome to help out!


Anonymous said...

Are there any plans to put the so-called hi-rail car back into operating condition?

Randall Hicks said...

Not yet. First we need to pay for track space, then find it a suitable storage and/or display location, then repaint the exterior. After that perhaps we could think about being able to drive it. But meanwhile it will make an interesting display piece.