SR Zephyr?

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SR Zephyr?

Postby philipmartin » Sun Aug 02, 2015 8:36 pm

Here's one in Birmingham I've never seen before. From: Joseph Testagrose joet5@optonline.net Railfan.net ABPR Image Archives
SR40atBirminghamAL7-39ScanColl.jpg SOU/AGS FM/StLCCo. "Vulcan" #49, Birmingham AL 1939
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Re: SR Zephyr?

Postby cd367 » Sat Mar 26, 2016 6:53 am

This is one of six 80' long motorcars built by St Louis Car Company in 1939 for the Southern Railway. They were powered by 5 cylinder Fairbanks-Morse engines rated at 750HP. Each car contained a standard RPO behind the engine/radiator compartment and a 38'11" long baggage compartment at the rear of the car. This is an early photo showing the original two axle front truck.

Each car had a trailer coach painted to match.

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Sometime in the early 1940's, the front truck was replaced with a three axle heavyweight passenger car truck.

FF802 RP 1948 SOUTHERN RAILROAD ENGINE #40 THE VULCAN RPO - Copy (1024x595).jpg


Two of the cars were purchased at scrap price in 1954 after Southern had already started disassembling them for parts to use on the line's other FM diesels.

The Georgia Northern bought former car #2.

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The Georgia & Florida bought former car #41.
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