N&W BEk Class Baggage & Express Cars

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Thu May 26 19:12:50 EDT 2016

I think the difference is whether the baggage-express car has facilities for a "messenger." If so, it will be marked with a star on the side of the car. I was not aware that any of the of the BEk's had messenger facilities (at least not "as built") but the drawings imply that it was at least considered at some time or other. 
Jim Nichols 

    On Thursday, May 26, 2016 12:12 PM, NW Modeling List <nw-modeling-list at nwhs.org> wrote:

 Hey Folks,
I am doing a little research before I begin assembling a Bethlehem Car Works kit of an N&W BEk class Baggage & Express car, road numbers 126-130.  I am not sure how practical it might be; but, I am considering modeling the interior.
I have a copy of an old drawing of the side elevation and interior of the cars that shows a toilet enclosure, electrical cabinet, clothes locker, water cooler, etc ... all bundled together on one side between the two large doors. This was drawn in 1952 and last revised in 1966. 
In fact I have two drawings of the car.  This second one was drawn in 1930 and last revised in 1948. It just shows a toilet and wash stand.
In the the N&WHS Archives I have found a picture (NW01923) of the interior of a BEk (car #129) and it doesn't show any of those enhancements (toilet, water cooler, etc). It shows a straight open floor. There is a small cabinet of some sort hanging on one side wall between the doors, but, nothing else.
Can anyone explain the discrepancy? Were the toilet and such removed at some time? Were they somehow temporarily removable? Just curious.
Kevin ByrdChesterfield, VA

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