12501RPO & BAGGAGE CAR ENDS
- Dec 4, 2000From: szczowicz@...
<<<Norm and John,
I've now looked at the Coronado plans for the RPO's and they show that the
short RPO (61, 62, 63 and 64) had one door at the baggage end. Looking
through the NG Pictorial I cannot find a photo of that end only the PO end
which is shown as blank wall. Trying to work out the colour from the B/W
prints is difficult. I don't think the short version were ever painted in
this way though having said that the loong versions look either uniform in
side/ end colour or possibly grey. But not black I think. Pictures arevdated
from the mid 40's.
Cars 61, 62 & 63 can be made from the La Belle kits. These cars typically
ran on the Santa Fe line until it stopped running in '41 I believe. To get
these cars more accurately, add the roof walks and handrails, also look
close at the roof line at the end of the car. The lower roof did not curve
down, only the upper roof did this. This should get you an accurate model
of these cars. In my previous post I mentioned these cars had both electric
and kerosene lights. After looking at photos, I was in error. It was the
open end passenger cars that ran to Santa Fe that had both types of lights.
I noted 3 such cars in the Grandt book one of them being #320.
Number 64 is kind of the oddball, it is a 'long' RPO similar to the other
long cars, however it never had its end platforms enclosed to become a part
of the car. This car was taken out of revenue service around 1940 to become
the tool car in the Salida work train. Only one photo is shown in the
Grandt book Vol 2, but at a very sharp angle which shows no detail. This
car survives in Durango as a Commissary car after returning from the Black
Hills and being rebuilt. Look in Vol 10 of the Grandt series to see this
car better in its work service appearance as 'X-64'.
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