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Question for the history of this baggage car?
« on: June 12, 2012, 07:31:01 PM »
Does anybody know any history of this little short green baggage car? I would like to know where its from and whats its story behind it? Here is a link to a photo http://www.flickr.com/photos/8392121@N02/5011646499/sizes/l/in/pool-821629@N21/
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Re: Question for the history of this baggage car?
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2012, 07:39:23 PM »
I believe I heard that was built in Edaville as a possible generator/maintenance car. #7's cab roof is on top of the car as well.

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Re: Question for the history of this baggage car?
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2012, 08:23:55 PM »
The car body is now off trucks and is connected to the MNG engine house, probably for use as a crew area.  If I recall what I was told, Edgar Meade built the car.  Or maybe he bought it when Edaville closed.

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Re: Question for the history of this baggage car?
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2012, 09:33:01 PM »
James! You're correct! It was made by Mr. Mead and we have some tables and chairs and a coal stove inside. It's where we have lunch and have meetings (about steam of coarse!) :)

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Re: Question for the history of this baggage car?
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2012, 11:00:59 PM »
I had heard that the car was commissioned by Thorn Mead, Edgar's son, and built for him by professional woodworker from either NH or VT.  It was based upon the design of an early baggage car constructed for one of the SR&RL predecessor lines (F&M?).

As always, corrections or additional information would be appreciated.


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Glenn