There was a raft of them on the track at Chicago that is usually used for cars going to Beech Grove, same place I saw a raft of diners a few weeks ago. The march to storage continues. Much as you hate to see historic stuff disappear, this is a really good thing. Reliability and growth is a great thing!
There is one or two at least totally smoothside stainless bags that i think came from the super chief. Those might be worth saving. The rest were generic budd stainless baggage cars or old 44 seat coaches turned to baggage cars (1700 series). The 1700s were unique but are worthless as they are pretty much destroyed from their use as baggage cars.
Observed today a former SP Coach/conversion H-Bagg in consist of #6 (29).
To paraphrase Hamlet. "Something's rotten with the V-Bags", for with the additional 15 of such, they cannot keep the existing consists protected. Amtrak had best not accept any more V-Cars, until I would fear some underlying issues are addressed.
One got bumped pretty hard last week. I saw it deadheading to Chicago, probably then to Beech Grove. I would assume it is repairable as the damage was to the side above the belt rail, where the windows would be. But it got bumped good, no idea how this happened.
Could you get a car number on the 10-6, Colonel? There are a pair or three Heritage cars floating around that were painted in Phase IVb, not Amtrak-owned but used to represent them in a commercial or movie or some such. I remember them being associated with the MILW 261 group either formally or informally. When I looked through them at Amtrak MSP Midway Station maybe 5 years ago (National Train Day), they were a standard 10-6 and 44-seat coach (maybe a diner or bag too, I don't recall) respectively that probably hadn't seen Amtrak service since the Heritage car purge if not earlier, and were not set up with modern Corridor equipment.
John_Perkowski wrote:Looking at the photos I took, the baggage car is a "Buffer Car" #1040.
Nothing on the 10-6.
Should be 10404
It's got rubber tubes on both ends to be able to couple up to a Superliner, Surfline, or Heritage high level and not damage anything. The inside is fitted for moving company materials including wheel sets.
It's used when transporting cars to the shop on the Cardinal. Not sure why it's in Kansas City.