Re: Throwback Thursday: Ambroid Western Union Material Car

gary laakso

Thanks, Ben!  It has the bottom sill that another throwback, Train-Miniature featured on its plastic boxcars. 


Gary Laakso

Northwest of Mick Brock


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Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2019 11:27 AM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Throwback Thursday: Ambroid Western Union Material Car


Don Valentine wrote:

"...the prototype for that Western Union car hung around on the B&M for some years in the Connecticut River Valley. Harry Frye and I first ran across it one 

Saturday in the early 1970's  at the west end of the former Greenfield, Mass. station site on a siding of the westbound Fitchburg Div. main. By the early 1980's it had been moved to the East Deerfield Yard where it sat for some additional years. From there it disappeared but whether it was simply moved again to some unknown location or scrapped I cannot state. Sorting through a large box of older negatives and photos here in recent weeks I ran across a photo of it taken in Greenfield these many years ago. I have always felt the Ambroid model was a fairly good rendition of this unusual piece of equipment. Perhaps I should find the photo again, scan it an post it here."


WUTX 7559 at East Deerfield MA, November 17, 1973, Steve Brayton photo, posted on George Elwood's website:



Ben Hom

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