Classic Trains Summer 2008
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Fri Aug 1 10:20:38 EDT 2008
Pardon me if this has already been covered on this list.
I am just getting around to reading the Summer 2008 issue of Classic Trains which features extensive coverage on Pullman operations. There are two items of interest to N&W fans.
First, on page 40 is a chart that shows the movement of westbound Pullman cars through Harrisburg, PA in a two hour period in summer, 1952. One of the routes shown originates in New York, through Harrisburg, and terminates in Roanoke. The N&W portion of this route would be covered by Trains 1 & 2 over the Shenandoah Valley line. The type of cars referenced in the chart used on this route at this time were 10-1-1, as well as 10-6.
>From the N&W side of the pool, the 10-1-1 cars would have been the heavyweight Island Rose and Island Regal. The 10-6 cars would have been the lightweight S-1 or S-2 sleepers.
Perhaps of more interest, on page 56, is a color photograph of the heavyweight Cuttyhunk in its N&W stenciling. The Cuttyhunk was a 2410 Pullman plan, which was superceded by the 3410 plan. I believe the exterior dimensions and window arrangements were basically identical in these plans, with the difference being mainly interior arrangements and dimensions. Prior to N&W ownership, the Cuttyhunk was a pool car assigned to Pennsy. The photo on page 56 was taken on June 25, 1955 in Orlando, FL.
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