Roanoke Chapter NRHS owned coaches

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Tue Jun 22 08:25:43 EDT 2010


That is correct that we sold 1827 to Monticello, we felt it important
to get equipment back to area it served in, most of its regular
service life.

About 1981-82, Roanoke Chapter acquired coach 1829 from RRP. It was
made into a smooth side car, and placed in service in the excursion

The car was damaged in September 1994, when the excursion train was
parked for the night, in Lynchburg. The train was parked safely, on a
locked track. A piggyback train was shoved back into it in the middle
of the night, making for a very hard hit on the rear of the train,
with handbrakes tied down. The piggyback train shoved the entire
consist forward, bunching up several cars in the middle of the train,
in a curve. At the center of that curve was 1829, which took most of
the brunt of the collision. It had vestibule damage, but most
importantly, the center sill was broken, you could readily see the
damage in the roof and sides.

After salvaging usable parts, the car was finally scrapped about 5-6
years ago.

Ken Miller

On Jun 22, 2010, at 2:05 AM, NW Mailing List wrote:

> I am trying to figure out what Wabash coach or coaches were at the

> Roanoke Chapter and I am hoping that someone can help me with

> this. I have received a report that 1827 (ex-Wabash 1420, nee-B&M

> 4803 "Black Bird") has been sold to the Monticello RR Museum, but I

> seem to recall reading a long while back that Roanoke also had a

> second ex-Wabash coach and it is this car that I am inquiring about.


> The reason I am thinking that there was a second coach (acquired

> from RRP - Railroad Passenger Cars, Inc.) is because of a report I

> read way back in possibly the late-80s when a set of RNRH cars had

> been struck by an NS unit in a yard (I think Lynchburg), damaging

> one of the cars. IIRC (no guaranty there) the report mentioned

> that the brakes weren't properly set on the cars and they had

> rolled out onto the yard lead, where the vestibule end of one car

> (supposedly the second Wabash car) was badly damaged, and that the

> car was returned to Roanoke and placed somewhere near the back of

> the museum, unserviceable due to the damage.


> Does anyone remember the incident? Was there a second Wabash/

> Boston & Maine coach owned by Roanoke? Does anyone know the car's

> number???


> Inquiring minds (and I) would like to know. Any help would be

> appreciated!!!

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