Providence & Worcester Excursion Fleet

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Providence & Worcester Excursion Fleet

Postby Ridgefielder » Sat Sep 19, 2009 12:17 pm

Saw pictures of this in the thread about new P&W power, and it got me curious. What's the heritage of this equipment, particularly the round-end observation car? How often does it operate?

At least from the pictures it's arguably a classier-looking consist than many road's business trains (Pan Am's springs to mind).
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Re: Providence & Worcester Excursion Fleet

Postby MEC407 » Sat Sep 19, 2009 12:39 pm

It's definitely a nice looking train, and I agree that it puts some of the other railroads to shame!

A search of rrpicturearchives.net revealed the following information about the observation car; hopefully the info is accurate:

Built by Pullman in 1948 for the Northern Pacific Railroad as "Montana Club";

Renumbered to 394 in 1954;

This picture shows it in 1979, still in NP colors, but with PW reporting marks and the number 90:

http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=878120

More pictures, including interior shots (!) can be found at:

http://rrpicturearchives.net/rsPicture.aspx?id=141113
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Re: Providence & Worcester Excursion Fleet

Postby MEC407 » Sat Sep 19, 2009 12:40 pm

Here are pictures and info about 668, the former E9B which was rebuilt as a HEP car:

http://rrpicturearchives.net/rsPicture.aspx?id=141118
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Re: Providence & Worcester Excursion Fleet

Postby MEC407 » Sat Sep 19, 2009 12:44 pm

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Re: Providence & Worcester Excursion Fleet

Postby bshrdr » Tue Sep 22, 2009 11:50 am

Here's a look inside the New Englander observation car, taken back in 2003.

http://www.nanosphoto.com/gallery/displ ... ?pos=-5193

And a look at all of the P&W painted equipment (not the ex-Amtrak stuff) being pulled by NECR power, entering New London yard on a VIP excursion up to, I believe, St. Albans, VT.

http://www.nanosphoto.com/gallery/displ ... ?pos=-1357

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Re: Providence & Worcester Excursion Fleet

Postby jaymac » Fri Oct 02, 2009 1:38 pm

If you're on the upcoming MBRRE ride, think positive thoughts. Maybe, just maybe, the P&W has done something positive with the glazing on its fleet. On last year's ride, the glazing was heavily scratched, and as soon as direct sun hit it, from whatever angle, the view was like the "before" illustration for cataract surgery. Supposedly, this year's routing is Providence-Shoreline-N&W. Whatever the routing, if the glazing still appears scratched, and if there's even partial sun forecast, try sitting on the engineer's side of the car. That way, for most of the earlier North-South and later South-North transit, the sun will be away from your side. Hopefully, there'll still be enough riders on the conductor's side to prevent a tip hazard (just joking about the tip hazard).
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Re: Providence & Worcester Excursion Fleet

Postby Lincoln78 » Mon Oct 17, 2011 8:04 pm

I was at a football game at the Coast Guard Academy at around 2:00 on Saturday 15 Oct. The excursion train (two engines and several passenger cars ending with the observation car) was heading north from Groton and onto the Navy base and beyond.
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Re: Providence & Worcester Excursion Fleet

Postby Mr rt » Wed Oct 19, 2011 6:44 am

Question:
- Coach 4592 & 7627 both named Rhode Island ?
- Coach 7625 is un-named ?
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Re: Providence & Worcester Excursion Fleet

Postby 161pw165 » Wed Oct 19, 2011 6:14 pm

Lincoln78 wrote:I was at a football game at the Coast Guard Academy at around 2:00 on Saturday 15 Oct. The excursion train (two engines and several passenger cars ending with the observation car) was heading north from Groton and onto the Navy base and beyond.


That was the Fall Circle Route train. Worcester to Providence; down the NEC to New London; up to Norwich; back to Worcester. Run in very sunny conditions.....
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Re: Providence & Worcester Excursion Fleet

Postby daylight4449 » Fri Nov 25, 2011 8:04 pm

Just a note, but only about a month ago were the coaches repaired, receiving new windows to replace ones broken during the hurricane of all things. Most of the damage was on the snack car, although one of the stainless coaches did have one broken window. Generally, the excursion consist is well maintained. I didn't see any noticeable rust on the coaches (the 25 tonner is a different story) when I had a tour of the shop area last July.
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Re: Providence & Worcester Excursion Fleet

Postby 161pw165 » Tue Nov 29, 2011 3:14 pm

They have run a number of excursions over the past month (Fall Foliage, Shoppers Special) and are into the Polar Express season. Probably safe to say the damage has been repaired, Dylan.
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