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Southern Pacific business car #127, ALAMO
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Author:  rswebber [ Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Southern Pacific business car #127, ALAMO

Thanks, Randy. According to other sites, this car was built in 1912 as the 402 for M-K-T. One BC was built in 1912 for M-K-T - the 401. Another was built in 1911:
Private Car - No. 170 - For Edwin Hawley
(Old Plan Drawing List) - M-K-T to SP. Lot 3917 - 4/17/11

No mention of 402.

Another site indicates that there is a wood sheathed BC numbered 402:
wood vestibuled business car resheathed in steel. (JOHN W. BARRIGER III NATIONAL RAILROAD LIBRARY)

I'm not disputing any of it - nor inferring that the Pullman Lot List is holy writ, and can not be in error (I know better than that). The car has obviously been modified - A/C ducting alone indicates that. Sheathing can be deceptive...but the continued reference to "built by Pullman" and a given year (1912) is also interesting. That *IS* the period when cars were starting to be sheathed. It's also possible that it was originally 401 and the number changed at some point.

Author:  Brian Norden [ Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Southern Pacific business car #127, ALAMO

rswebber wrote:
I am extremely glad Ted comes in, as he has retained a lot of information and nuances that escape me (though he berates himself for forgetting things - I keep telling him that those things (forgotten) aren't important, to focus on the things he feels are important.
Years ago while I was attending meetings of the Society of California Archivists, I head one of the speakers say that the best finding aid is often the archivist's memory.

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