Re: Photo: Milwaukee Road Silk Train

Ted Schnepf

Hi Andy,

Milw baggage cars generally had doors toward the car ends, above the trucks. A spotting feature for those cars.

Did any other railroad put the doors close to the car ends?

Ted Schnepf
126 Will Scarlet,
Elgin, Ill. 60120


On Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 03:04:03 PM CDT, Andy Miller <aslmmiller@...> wrote:

Fascinating cars!   They look like, or are,  baggage cars with the doors at the ends of the side.  Was this typical for the Milwaukee or are they unique to the silk business? And why?




Andy Miler


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Subject: [RealSTMFC] Photo: Milwaukee Road Silk Train


Photo: Milwaukee Road Silk Train

A 1921 Photo from the University of Washington:

Caption: "By the end of the 1920s, the single most valuable import coming through Seattle was Japanese silk. This luxury material came to Seattle on fast steamships and was sent by express train to eastern markets. Because it was both expensive and perishable, silk needed to be handled very carefully. One train carried a cargo of silk valued at $5 million."

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

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