Ex Wabash Passenger Car in N&W Service
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Mon Feb 11 12:36:23 EST 2019
That is correct.
The 1827 remained in N&W paint until after the end of service when it was stored and donated in late 1973 to Roanoke Chapter NRHS. It was repainted back to N&W tuscan and gold, and renumbered to RNRH 1210 and named John M. Hancock. It remained in that name and number until sometime in the mid 1980s, when it was repainted and renumbered to the N&W number 1827 and the name removed. It remained in excursion service until the Chapter sold it to the Monticello Railroad Museum about 2011.
The Chapter also acquired sister coach 1829 from Railroad Passenger Cars in Baltimore in the mid 1980s, converted it to an open window coach, removed the remaining. Stainless sheets at the top and repainted it to N&W tuscan and gold. The 1829 had the unfortunate luck of being positioned in the curve when the excursion train was backed into by a piggyback train in Lynchburg in September 1994. It was brought back to Roanoke, but its fate was sealed, as it had a broken center sill, and it was scrapped over the next couple of years.
> On Feb 10, 2019, at 8:33 AM, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org> wrote:
> That fluted siding on post war passenger cars hid rusting of the car body and the welding of two different metals caused deterioration. So, many of those fluted side cars lost their fluting and became smooth sides.
> On 2/9/2019 5:17 PM, NW Mailing List wrote:
>> I'm trying to reconcile the N&W's passenger roster with two photos of car in Wabash and, later, in N&W service. The photographic evidence does not seem to match the written evidence.
>> According to the archives' roster of ex Wabash cars in N&W service, Wabash Coach #1420 was renumbered to N&W #1827 in 1966.
>> I have attached a photo of Wabash #1420 from the Page 11 of the book, "Wabash, Nickel Plate and DT&I Color Guide to Freight and Passenger Equipment." Wabash #1420 has flutted, stainless steel sides.
>> I have also attached a photo of N&W #1827 from the Historical Society Archives which shows the car having smooth sides.
>> Did this car have its flutted sides changed to smooth sides when it was renumbered and relettered to Norfolk and Western?
>> Bill King
>> Arlington, Virginia
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