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[DRGW] Foreign cars on #7/8 MICHAEL J MCLAUGHLIN (mjm333@msn.c...) 2012-02-20 11:05:20
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From: MICHAEL J MCLAUGHLIN (mjm333@msn.c...)
Date: 2012-02-20 11:05:20
Subject: [DRGW] Foreign cars on #7/8

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>>>=85the Prospector entertained such visitors. Was this a common occurren=
ce?<<<

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Yeah, it happened rather often during the summer tourist
season. In 1958 and 1959 I worked off
and on on a signal gang in the Salt Lake area, including the Rio Grande
depot. During the week we=92d see
occasional cars delivered by the UP to the DRG for movement out on the
Prospector. On Friday we=92d take #8 back
to Grand Junction or Glenwood and there usually would be two or three Pullm=
ans
from a tour group on the rear end behind the dome-observation. They were s=
et off at Grand Jct. to move on #2
through the Royal Gorge to the MOP at Pueblo.=20
One of the tour guides told me they =93came from back east and then down
from Montana (presumably on the UP from Butte) to Salt Lake.=94 While the =
occupants were touring Saltair and
Temple Square the cars would be delivered to the Grande and tacked onto #8.

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In the mid-sixties I was working out of the main office in
Denver and frequently went to Salt Lake on business, riding #7-8. I rememb=
er an infrequent foreign car, but
usually the markers were brought up by a pair of piggyback flats. They did=
n=92t add anything aesthetically, but
we liked =91em because they dampened the usual bouncing and yawing of the s=
leeper
when it was the last car on the train. Mike

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