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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!
On Jun 13, 2022, at 10:55 AM, Claus Schlund \(HGM\) <claus@...
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