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"Auto train" is the correct analogy. They were not "freight cars"
per se - not even listed in the ORER.
If you wanted to stage a publicity photo, would you try to find a
beat up automobile to entice customers,
or show that a new automobile emerges unscathed from its trip?
On 5/29/2019 9:52 PM, Schleigh Mike via
The Model Railroader article did not relate
just how the CN used these cars. However, I always
believed that they were used in much the way AutoTrain
did. That is, passengers on their long haul trains
brought along their personal autos. My wife's family
likely used this service when they moved back east from
Vancouver, BC in the mid-1960s as they brought home
their car after a one-year assignment there. My October
1958 ORER shows these cars not in interchange.
Perhaps one or more of those in the frozen north can
However, that is clearly a NEW 1957 Chevy in that
publicity photo. There were only 25 cars in the fleet
so they could have been used for delivering new cars in
some limited or perhaps burgeoning new service offering.
Regards---Mike Schleigh in Grove City, Penna.
On Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 9:19:17 PM EDT, rwitt_2000
via Groups.Io <rwitt_2000@...>
Question: Why a Canadian car? Were some cars built
in Canada as early as 1957 or was there some sort of
"car pool" in operation.