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Surviving GN Lightweight Cars
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Author:  Rainier Rails [ Fri Dec 11, 2015 7:40 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Surviving GN Lightweight Cars

green_elite_cab wrote:
I am trying to do research on these cars, but I've hit a snag. I cannot seem to identify which cars were painted which GN or BN paint scheme upon their delivery to NJ DOT (NJT).

I noticed that some of the listing say that the BN number was "not applied", though I have found photos of these cars in full BN paint with the GN numbers (specifically, a photo of GN 1139 at the CNJ shops prior to patching/rebuilding).

Looking at my notes, the following cars were painted in Cascade Green with BN numbers applied when sold to CNJ-NJDOT:

GN #1005/BN #4405 (NJDOT #112/NJT #5330), originally UP #5478.

GN #1118/BN #6008 (NJDOT #133/NJT #5328).

GN #1216/BN #4817 (NJDOT #110/NJT #5317).

GN/CB&Q #1219/BN #4820 (NJDOT #111/NJT #5311), transferred from GN to CB&Q in 1953.

GN #1225/BN #4826 (NJDOT #107/NJT #5314).

GN #1229/BN #4830 (NJDOT #118/NJT #5320).

As for the car mentioned as painted in Cascade Green but with the GN number of #1139, if applied it would have been BN #6011.

Additions and corrections are welcome. Thanks in advance.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Author:  Rainier Rails [ Tue Feb 02, 2016 6:47 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Surviving GN Lightweight Cars

On Friday, March 14th, 2014, 8th Post on Page #2, Rainier Rails wrote:
Part Three: Coaches

Section C: 1937 Empire Builder P-S Coaches & 1955 Empire Builder Budd Dome Coaches:

Budd, 1955, Lot #9646-155:

Sixteen Cars, 1955, 46 seat leg rest chair-24 seat dome, Empire Builder:

GN #1331 to BN #4611 (not applied) and sold in 1971 to Amtrak #9471. Outshopped in 6/1976 in Amtrak Phase I. Converted in 1/1984 to Head End Power (HEP) #9410. Sold in 4/1995 to BKS Limited as BKSX #9410 for the Montana Rockies Daylight. MRD was acquired in 1998 by Oregon Rail Corporation/AOE and rebranded Montana Rockies Rail Tours/American Spirit, and #9410 was part of the sale of MRRT to Rail Quest America (RQAX) in 2001. Acquired in 2004 by Philip Sheridan-IFE Leasing as MRLX #9410. Leased from 2005 to 2007 to Alaska RR, then from 2009 to 2012 to CVSR as the Emerson (1st).
On Saturday, May 30th, 2015, 3rd Post on Page #3, Rainier Rails wrote:
The #9410 has been leased to TVRM for use on the Hiwassee River trips, along with former CP #15401/VIA #15501 dome sleeper lounge observation RPCX #15401 Algonquin Park. The #9410 has been renamed from Emerson (1st) to Jackson Square.

After having seen use on TVRM and NS steam trips, with Wabash colors applied (likely a vinyl application), the #9410 is now under lease to Iowa Pacific, still as MRLX #9410 Jackson Square, in Chocolate & Orange (again, likely vinyl). Used the consist of the Polar Express on the recently-acquired Grenada RY (ex-IC/CN Grenada Sub), as seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5TAdb86EiQ

Additions and corrections are welcome. Thanks in advance.

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