Western Union Tidbit

Steve Vallee

Dear Group...

Over a year ago, there were some members asking about Western Union cars. This might not help, but I found this tidbit on page 34 of the August, 1959 issue of Railroad Magazine under their "Information Booth" section:

Q)...Does Western Union own and operate railroad cars?

A)...Yes, they have 33 on the Southern Pacific, Missouri Pacific, Seaboard Air Line, Atlantic Coast Line, New Haven, Jersey Central, Long Island, Canadian National and other roads where and when required.

They are used by WU's Plant and engineering Department for maintenance and repair of telegraph lines by crews dispatched in a completely self-sustaining unit comprising sleeping-car, dining-car and tool and material boxcars. At one time the company operated about 200 railroad cars.

Steve Vallee

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