Re: Western Union

gary laakso

Don't forget there is a color picture of Western Union tank car WUTX 4522 with the end of WUTX box car 3422 on page 20 of Tank Car Color Guide, Vol 1 by James Kinkaid. The picture is by Emery Gulash, circa May, 1944.

gary laakso
south of Mike Brock

----- Original Message -----
From: Glen Mills
To: nkp@yahoogroups;
Sent: 10/22/2011 7:35:34 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Western Union


Below is text I have copied from the Steam Era Freight Cars Discussion

The second last paragraph refers to the NKP (and others) as acquiring some
of their cars.

Any details would be appreciated, please.


Glen Mills


Western Union Tidbit

Posted by: "Steve" stvvallee

Thu Oct 20, 2011 7:30 am (PDT)

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


Re: Western Union Tidbit

Posted by: "John C. La Rue, Jr." MOFWCABOOSE@AOL.COM mofwcaboose

Thu Oct 20, 2011 8:12 am (PDT)

By 1959 the last camp cars in the US had been sold for scrap, sold to
railroads for further use as camp cars, or relegated to storage service at
Western Union's shop at Chattanooga, where they were later burned for their
metal. One three-car outfit was still operational in the maritimes in Canada
until 1963 when it was returned to the US and also scrapped. After that the
only cars left were the tool and material cars in the 7000 series, which
gradually disappeared or were sold to railroads.

The Georgia Railroad, the Chicago & North Western, the Soo, the St.
Louis-San Francisco, and the Nickel Plate are all definitely known to have
had ex-Western Union camp cars, mostly acquired in the late 1940s.

Probably the easiest way to model them in HO would be to start with the La
Belle wooden Pullmans (since that was what the camp cars originally were).
The distinctive tool & material cars were once made by Ambroid as part of
its 'One of 5000" series, and later re-issued by Northeastern.

John C. La Rue, Jr.

Bonita Springs, FL


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