Re: SP Conductor's book 1938-39


Baggage cars were used to transport newspapers, magazines, catalogs, and other specialized time sensitive loads. It was less expensive to ship by rail in bulk to distributed mailing points than to send by mail from one location. Not sure this counts as freight. May belong on the passenger car list.

Rich Orr

-----Original Message-----
From: al_brown03 <abrown@...>
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Wed, Dec 1, 2010 1:14 pm
Subject: [STMFC] Re: SP Conductor's book 1938-39

It sure is a baggage car: see Tom Christensen's post. But, what in the world was

it doing there?

Al Brown, Melbourne, Fla.

--- In STMFC@..., "sp1930s" <sp1930s@...> wrote:

It looks like SAL 301 is listed as BAG, could it be a baggage car? Be nice to
throw one into one of my 1930s SP Oregon freights.

To all who thanked me on and off line you are more then welcome. This is the
first book of this type I have ever found and it is so interesting it had to be

shared in a way others could use it also.

Larry Castle - Seattle
--- In STMFC@..., "al_brown03" <abrown@> wrote:
Neat stuff! Thanks for sharing.
At a quick glance: lots of home-road cars (SP/T&NO). Occasional eastern cars
(DL&W/Erie as well as Penna/NYC/subsidiaries). The only two SAL cars I noticed

were a 15000-series box ('24 ARA SS, class B-5) and SAL 301, which is I have no

idea what. Not familiar with that number series and can't read the car type,

which however is *not* "B". Three-digit numbers normally belonged to passenger


Al Brown, Melbourne, Fla.
--- In STMFC@..., "sp1930s" <sp1930s@> wrote:
Dear List,
I recently acquired a SP Freight Conductor's Train Book from Jack Bowden
and want to share it. The conductor's name could not be read from the cover, the

location is on the S.P.'s Modoc Line mostly between Alturas and Wendel during

1938 and 1939. This is the line connecting S.P.'s Oregon operations to the

Overland route at Fernley Nevada.

I scanned each page and put them in the photo section at:
Larry Castle - Seattle


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