Help Identifying Two Passenger Cars

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Wed Sep 2 13:08:09 EDT 2020

Based on my observation, I wonder if the sleeper car is the former NS10/NW??? “Hollins College” sleeper car (not the original S-2 car) and the blue mail baggage car one that was converted to a generator car. That would seem helpful to provide power to the medical car. 

Phil Miller


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The medical examiners cars were used to double check that employees were fit for duty in the operations department. It was not unknown that a friendly local doctor would fudge the results of an exam to keep a man in service.  The RR's had these cars to protect themselves from the results of unfit employees failing in service.


On 9/2/2020 12:01 AM, NW Mailing List via NW-Mailing-List wrote:

The Medical Examiners Car was used to travel around the system giving physicals and eye exams and such to employees.


Roger Huber 

Deer Creek Locomotive Works



On Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 10:56:49 PM CDT, NW Mailing List via NW-Mailing-List  <mailto:nw-mailing-list at> <nw-mailing-list at> wrote: 



I'm attaching a photo of three N&W passenger cars that is up for bids on E-bay.  I could use some help identifying the purpose of one of the cars. 


Moving from left to right, the car on the far left appears to be one of the three S-2 "County Cars."  But the name cannot be seen clearly.


The middle car is numbered 1203 and looks to be a former Wabash baggage/mail car.  According to the roster it was formally Wabash #453 and was repainted to N&W at Decatur on 3/9/65.


The heavyweight car with the clerestory roof on the far right is a mystery to me.  It appears to be numbered 403 and the partial lettering stenciled on the side reads "MEDICA...."


According to the roster, car #403 was classed XO and was "Medical Examiners Car" that was built from Pg Coach #1602 in 1957.


My question is, what in the world is a Medical Examiners Car and what was its purpose on the railroad.




Bill King

Arlington, Virginia

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