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 Post subject: Re: Northern Pacific Observation Car Spokane Club in Derby M
PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:58 pm 

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Alexander D. Mitchell IV wrote:
"One of the important lessons (although perhaps a bit overstated) I have taken from the situation in Derby compared to the very quick RBBB dispersal is that up-to-date COTS, recent truck and wheel work etc. is more important than the original fabric of the interior in provoking interest from preservation groups that know what they're doing and can be expected to succeed."

Fixed that for you. >;-)

I'm sure you are right, and there is nothing wrong with said calculation. I find the point of view interesting though, restoring a tubed interior (not all of them, but many) would seem more daunting and open ended than brake and wheel work, but of course I am sure the Derby cars need interior work too. In addition, I'll bet the Class Is would be happier about moving the RBBB cars which were in service and run on Class Is to the end than cars that haven't moved in years, unless they are really confident in whomever preps them to move.


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 Post subject: Re: Northern Pacific Observation Car Spokane Club in Derby M
PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:12 am 

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I was told the brake valves and necessary re-working will be done by Pan Am guys.

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 Post subject: Re: Northern Pacific Observation Car Spokane Club in Derby M
PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:07 am 
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The Spokane Club/NP #393 was just seen westbound on CSX (former B&O Baltimore-Pittsburgh-Chicago mainline) at Deshler, OH, at 5:25 AM EDT (local time).

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 Post subject: Re: Northern Pacific Observation Car Spokane Club in Derby M
PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:21 am 

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Redemption of a sort!

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 Post subject: Re: Northern Pacific Observation Car Spokane Club in Derby M
PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:30 pm 

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Richard Glueck wrote:
Redemption of a sort!

I think so, given the alternatives we are all too familiar with. With the convoluted ownership etc. CMQ is to be commended for their patience and for their understanding of the historical significance of this car and the others.


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 Post subject: Re: Northern Pacific Observation Car Spokane Club in Derby M
PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:41 am 

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Ex-NP 393 "Spokane Club" round end observation car off the North Coast Limited arrived in Toppenish, WA on October 11. It is at the home of the new owner, the Northern Pacific Railway Museum located at the old Toppenish Northern Pacific depot. The car is remarkably complete with only a few minor modifications made to the interior. It has some rust damage from window leaks and full restoration will require rust repair, removal of added rooftop air conditioners, repaint inside and out as well as new rugs and re-upholstering of original furniture.

Over the past weekend a lot of interior flaking paint was removed and preliminary cleaning was done. Shore power was reestablished and multiple burned out light bulbs replaced. Significant restoration will have to await completion of several other projects and funding for this project.

see link: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/NPT ... 1181443087


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 Post subject: Re: Northern Pacific Observation Car Spokane Club in Derby M
PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:18 am 

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Thank you for that. I have lived to watch this come full circle!

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