Re: a fun glimpse into the Western Union operation
Garth Groff <sarahsan@...>
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On 3/31/19 11:05 PM, mofwcaboose via
Until about 1914, Western Union line forces were often
housed in camp cars leased from the railroads they were
working along, since Western Union telegraph lines nearly
always paralleled railroads. There are no markings visible on
these cars to show if they belonged to Western Union or not.
Some of the first Western Union cars may have been converted
from boxcars, before they began to use old Pullmans.. Thus
there is a good chance this is a very early Western Union
One advantage of having their own cars was that they could
be readily transferred from one railroad to another., which
obviously could not be done with railroad-owned cars. Another
reason was that railroad-owned camp cars of the time were
often rather spartan. With their own cars, the company could
provide better accomodations.
John C. La Rue, Jr.
Bonita Springs, FL
From: Claus Schlund \(HGM\)
To: STMFC <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io>
Sent: Sun, Mar 31, 2019 9:15 pm
Subject: [RealSTMFC] a fun glimpse into the Western Union
Hi List Members,
We were recently
discussing the Ambroid Western Union car.
For those interested
in seeing the whole train, have a look at the
cars do not appear to match the Ambroid model.
Still, a fun glimpse
into the Western Union operation.
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