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Re: [FJGRailroad] Bullet Cars

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  • Gino DiCarlo
    Speaking of Bullet Cars, there s an article in the new Streamline Trains on Brill cars. There is mention of the FJ&G and there is a great picture of a
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 27, 2005
      Speaking of Bullet Cars, there's an article in the new "Streamline Trains" on Brill cars.  There is mention
      of the FJ&G and there is a great picture of a Bullet Car on the Bamberger.  I think the magazine is
      called Streamline Trains.  It is an off-shoot of "Classic Trains."
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: fjg1870
      Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2005 8:28 AM
      Subject: [FJGRailroad] Bullet Cars

      I found the following info on the internet. I'm not sure if any of
      this has been posted to our group in past or not, but it's
      interesting reading any way.


      The Bullet cars were sort of an anomaly on the Bamberger. They
      received celebrity status but were used sporadically due to capacity
      restraints. The depression hit the Bamberger railroad hard. By the
      late 30's they had removed the second mainline, removed all tie
      plates, and scrapped everything they could to cut taxes and sale
      scrap metal to try to stay afloat. In 1937 the line was put up on the
      block for sheriffs sale. As luck would have it rumblings of commotion
      overseas caused a great stir in the United States and a military
      buildup began. The Bamberger was fortunate to find itself serving an
      expanding military arsenal and having a new air base located along
      its rails. Traffic quickly increased and Julian Bamberger was able to
      pull together investors to re-purchase and reorganize the line.

      As the money started rolling in the Bamberger began a search for a
      new image. The line was very interested in purchasing several Indiana
      lightweights after looking at several lots of cars including the FJ&G
      Bullets. The Indiana cars had regular couplers and the railroads
      master mechanic had noted that they could easily be retrofitted to
      match the lines existing cars electrically. The down side to the cars
      was the price and condition of the cars. The Bullets on the other
      hand were in great shape, were a great price, but could not mate up
      with existing cars and had no mu capability.  After much deliberation
      the BRR purchased the bullets.

      When the cars arrived on the line there was much publicity and
      fanfare. The cars were immediately popular. The problem was that the
      public took to much liking to the cars and the Flyer Schedule that
      was introduced along with them. The cars could not begin to fill the
      demand. The first changes were to remove the restroom and install a
      round seat in the back of the car to increase the capacity by about 8
      people. The next step was to take two heavy weight cars and re-gear
      them for high-speed service relegating the bullets to off peak
      trains. The cars found themselves out of service quite frequently.
      Interestingly enough for the Bamberger mid day and weekend runs were
      almost as well patronized as the commute runs and required multiple
      car trains. This was due to shoppers traveling from the country into
      the cities of Ogden and Salt Lake and business travel between the two

      With the last rail passenger runs in September 1952 the bullets along
      with the lines heavy weight cars were taken to the North Salt Lake
      Shops and stripped. Several heavy weight cars had electrical
      component stripped but were retained to be used as passenger coaches
      for summer excursions to Lagoon. The Public Utilities Commission
      quickly put this idea to rest and the cars sat for another year
      unused before being scrapped. The Bullets were stripped and sold to
      Utah Pickle Company as housing for migrant workers. The stripped
      bodies were reported to have been sold for more than Bamberger paid
      for the cars originally. In the early 70's the body of #127 taken to
      the Orange Empire Museum were began a slow restoration process.

      It was 55 years ago when the ex-Fonda, Johnstown and Gloversville,
      New York, lightweight interurban cars on the Bamberger Railroad in
      Utah returned to service on a one-a-day basis early in February,
      1950, after being out of use for several months. The delay in
      returning these cars to service was caused by a heavy freeze which
      brought ice up to a dangerous level on paved streets for the low
      motor mounting of the lightweights. One-third of Bamberger's runs
      were canceled on Sunday, January 15, 1950, part of them being
      replaced by buses. More runs were added in the summer to carry
      excursionists to Lagoon amusement park. Bamberger cars were being
      repainted bright orange and cream, replacing the wartime burnt orange

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