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 Post subject: Mortuary cars .
PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:17 pm 

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How many of the 118 AC&F modified mortuary cars are still around and where ? They carried 171,539 of our deceased military including civilian federal employees back home after WW2 .
Please read 'Last Train Home' an article in the magazine American History , February 2018 issue . Quite moving to say the least .


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 Post subject: Re: Mortuary cars .
PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:28 pm 

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Not sure if this is exactly the same article as referenced above, but it covers the topic.

http://www.historynet.com/last-train-home.htm

Unfortunately, it also includes a maddening array of pop-up advertisements…..

/s/ Larry
Lawrence G. Lovejoy, P.E.


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 Post subject: Re: Mortuary cars .
PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:55 pm 

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There was also an article on this subject in Railroad History #212, the journal of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, "The Last Ride." See rlhs.org under publications for info on copies.

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 Post subject: Re: Mortuary cars .
PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:18 pm 

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One of the military mortuary cars survives in Jasper, Indiana:

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=4704351

This was one of the cars that ended up at the U.S. Navy's weapons base in Crane, Indiana. Eventually acquired by the Spirit of Jasper excursion train. Note the door on the end where the coffins were placed in the car for transport. The car has been extensively remodeled. The Naval station there at Crane once had some additional cars and I'm not sure what happened to them.

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 Post subject: Re: Mortuary cars .
PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:59 am 

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Thanks Les

That's exactly what I was looking for. What an honor to have such a railcar that brought our people back home to their families .
Any more out there ?

Mark


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 Post subject: Re: Mortuary cars .
PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:55 am 

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Possibly one here in Cheyenne but i haven't got inside to try to ID it yet, its a hospital car of some sort just a car body on the ground. I have long thought that these should be treated with far more respect.There is also a hospital car body in Boulder its future very uncertain, it also came from Cheyenne.


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 Post subject: Re: Mortuary cars .
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Careful with the generic term "hospital car". There was a whole second fleet of them built by AC&F for the Korean War, since the WWII cars were still toiling away in mortuary service. If these cars you speak of have arch roofs, they are from the later fleet.

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 Post subject: Re: Mortuary cars .
PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:25 pm 

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This website offers additional information on the types of cars used in this service:

http://n-scalevarnish.info/index/varnish/Drafted%202.htm

It also has a photo of a car on display in Conway, South Carolina.


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