Re: Baggage Car As An Airplane Parts Carrier

Ian Cranstone

Looks like a wood baggage car to me, and I see the word ERIE under the left hand baggage door. I suspect the number is behind whatever is hanging over the side. Too bad this photo predates colour photography, as I suspect some powerful colours were used!

Ian Cranstone

Osgoode, Ontario, Canada


On Jun 13, 2022, at 10:55 AM, Claus Schlund &#92;(HGM&#92;) <claus@...> wrote:

Hi Bob and List members,

Thanks Bob for the great image. Certainly there are a number of questions raised here...

(1) Is this a wood construction car? Steel baggage cars would have been few and far between in 1911...

(2) Whose car might it have been? I'm assuming this is a repurposed car from a 'normal' railroad, as opposed to a purpose-built car. I see no road name nor reporting marks. Hmmm, now that I think about it, maybe this is simply a retouched photo and the car did not look this way in real life?

(3) Bob mentioned "an offer of $50,000 to the first person who could fly a plane from New York to Los Angeles in under 30 consecutive days". I'm guessing it might have been faster to take the train to Los Angeles! I submit the fact that the baggage car was able to keep up with the airplane as evidence of this

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