Monday, September 22, 2014

Showcase Sunday from Chuck Amstein

Here are Chuck's photos from Sunday.  Same restrictions.

(L) Larry Stone was running the 3142.

(R) Dennis Matl on the 714/749.

Chuck says that this is an accurate consist from the immediate post-steam era, when the gallery cars were being delivered.


Nick Gawriluk said...

I found this photo of a GP7 pulling a very similar looking train for the CNW in 1955. Though not an Alco, you'd have to assume the Cheap and Nothing Wasted would use whatever was available.

Randall Hicks said...

Thanks, Nick, that's quite convincing. On the Q, the power car (a suburban combine) would be at the rear end of the train for some reason, but otherwise that's pretty much how I remember Burlington suburban trains back in that era. Other than the colors, of course.

David Wilkins said...

Not all of the Q power cars were combines. At MOT we had a Q suburban coach with a "generator" room at one end for the genset. The Q (and later BN) used the power cars until Amtrak I believe, as it allowed them to use road passenger units.

The C&NW bilevels, when first delivered were heated and cooled conventionally, and later converted to HEP, I believe.

Anonymous said...

My pictures show the power cars on the West end of the trains. The Ry. Passenger Car Annual 1973-74 shows the Q had 6 cab cars built in 1965. The rest came in 1973. Most rush hour trains had to have the engines turned at the end of the line. Most power cars were not combines. The Q had Budd rebuild 94 cars for head end power beginning in 1973, replacing steam heat and incandescent lighting. I have a picture of Great Northern (CB&Q) 1211 in Great Sky Blue on the rear of a suburban train in July '73 to cover for cars sent back to Budd. Bill Wulfert