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Author:  Utah Josh [ Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:47 pm ]
Post subject:  Potential restoration for FJ&G/Bamberger "Bullet" car

I just recieved news yesterday that Bamberger 126, one of the three ex-Fonda Johnstown & Gloversville Brill "bullet" cars, may get some well-needed TLC soon.

A historic trolley excursion line has been proposed in Idaho by Douglas White of Nampa, Idaho. In his words, he describes his project as follows:

"Here in the area there is a rail spur known as the "Boise Cut Off",
I am in early discussions with the 2 owners of this nearly 30 mile
long track.

"The SE section of this line is barely used a few times a month, the
NW half is an active Monday through Friday and is not used on
Saturdays and Sundays. My idea is to set up a tourist tram
(streetcar/ trolley ) operation. This would connect the Famed Boise
Depot, Boise Town Square Mall, Downtown Meridian, CWI (college of
western idaho ) campus, and the Idaho Center ( similar to the Golden
Spike Events Center and the Maverick Center in Salt Lake)."


Mr. White and the USRRM board are working out a deal in which the 126 is leased to Mr. White, who will pay for the restoration of the car to operation. After a certain period of time (which has not yet been decided), or the costs of restoration are recovered through ridership fares, the car will be returned to the museum in operational condition.

He also has a fellow from the U.K. who is designing reproduction Brill trucks utilizing modern technologies to allow smoother and more efficient running. Right now actual work on the project is pending while the official decisions are made by the "powers that be" involved.

A picture of the car in question:
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BRR 126 was donated to the USRRM by the Utah Pickle Company, who used the bullet cars as housing for their migrant workers after the Bamberger folded.

Author:  J3a-614 [ Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Potential restoration for FJ&G/Bamberger "Bullet" car

Sounds like a neat project, and I wish them the best, but whew, that's going to be a job!

Author:  wilkinsd [ Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:41 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Potential restoration for FJ&G/Bamberger "Bullet" car

Josh,

Actually, there is a FJ&G/Bamberger car that is a lot closer to operation than the body you show.

For several years now, the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, CA has been working on 127. John Smatlak, occasional RYPNer is the project manager.

The work to date, has been extensive, incluidng building a set of correct Brill trucks for the car using components from other Brill trucks, paint and body work and other items.

The car is inside now, and I believe the next goal was to work on the roof of the car.

Project information can be found here:

http://www.oerm.org/pages/brr127.html

Author:  Bobharbison [ Tue Feb 21, 2012 2:38 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Potential restoration for FJ&G/Bamberger "Bullet" car

Quote:
After a certain period of time (which has not yet been decided), or the costs of restoration are recovered through ridership fares....


Restoration costs recovered through fares?

They're either grossly under-estimating the costs, over estimating the revenues, or planning on a rather long "period of time".

I also wish them the best, and hope they can work it out, but given the limited capacity it seems like revenues would be fairly small. Hopefully they'll also consider pursuing grants or other sources of funding.

Author:  Utah Josh [ Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Potential restoration for FJ&G/Bamberger "Bullet" car

Mr. White sent me a link to a facebook page for his project:

http://www.facebook.com/groups/156750607777684/#!/groups/156750607777684/

I'm pretty excited for this project once it gets underway.

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