NYS&W Boxcars in Express Service (was Re: NYS&W PS-1)


Benjamin Hom
 

Mike Del Vecchio wrote:
"Careful, too, about a tiny Susie PS-1 detail often overlooked - a portion of them had marker brackets on all four corners for Railway Express service and run as the last car on some passenger trains. The lone surviving car, 402, still has the marker brackets and no evidence of steam lines. All but two were sold to the Monon, and it's unlikely the Monon would have removed the brackets so pictures should show them.
That Fowler boxcar mentioned previsouly in this thread also had marker brackets on four corners, and at one time steam lines. Could these have been the only Fowler boxcars in passenger service?"
 
Ben Scanlon replied:
"If by Fowler, you mean the MILW composite boxcar, does that imply that NYS&W used the car attached to their Stillwells, Budds or Osgood Bradley coaches?"

Why are you fixated on that ex-MILW boxcar? Mike's comment has nothing to do with it.  Where do you see marker brackets or steam lines in that photo?  That's because there aren't any!
 
No, Mike does indeed mean the NYS&W 1500-1999 series Fowler 36 ft boxcars. A number of these were stenciled "Assigned to Express Service" and equipped with marker brackets and steam and signal lines.  IIRC, a photo of one of these cars was published in the Carstens Publications Krause and Crist NYS&W book.  And yes, that does imply they were run with NYS&W passenger equipment of the time.
 
 
Ben Hom

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