VRE to retire the last of the old gallery cars

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VRE to retire the last of the old gallery cars

Postby davinp » Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:01 am

VRE has received 4 brand new gallery cars to replace the 4 old gallery cars on Train #312. After these are removed from service, there will be no more old gallery cars in service meaning the entire fleet will be made of new cars.

In addition, VRE has purchased 9 more new gallery cars to lengthen some trains.

While VRE has sold many old gallery cars, they are keeping some old gallery cars in storage and can be used as spares.
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Re: VRE to retire the last of the old gallery cars

Postby Railman1396 » Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:19 pm

Supposedly there will be send off trips for the Legacy cars on Friday, the 28th.

All of the remaining 7 Legacy cars were sold to some shortline in South Carolina.
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Re: VRE to retire the last of the old gallery cars

Postby jackintosh11 » Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:40 pm

Does anyone have pictures of the interior of these cars?
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Re: VRE to retire the last of the old gallery cars

Postby mtuandrew » Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:07 am

jackintosh11 wrote:Does anyone have pictures of the interior of these cars?

No, but picture a school bus with government tan walls and you'll be on the money. :P
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Re: VRE to retire the last of the old gallery cars

Postby Railman1396 » Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:00 pm

I have interior pictures, but when I try to upload it says invalid file.
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Re: VRE to retire the last of the old gallery cars

Postby STrRedWolf » Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:03 pm

Are they RAW format? (Note to those who don't know: changing the extension doesn't change it's inside format)
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Re: VRE to retire the last of the old gallery cars

Postby Railman1396 » Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:16 pm

They are pictures from my phone, the extension is .jpg.

I will send them to my desktop and try from there.
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Re: VRE to retire the last of the old gallery cars

Postby STrRedWolf » Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:40 pm

Railman1396 wrote:They are pictures from my phone, the extension is .jpg.

I will send them to my desktop and try from there.


Depends on the browser on the phone, and I bet they're full size and blowing the board limit. A mod can check.

You may want to upload them to Imgur -- there's some dedicated apps that'll upload it properly and give you the link for here.
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Re: VRE to retire the last of the old gallery cars

Postby Railman1396 » Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:34 am

The last cars are being retired this week, one last one should be in a Manassas train on Friday. Then they are all out of service.

They are going to the Foxville and Northern Railroad, according to the board meeting minutes from VRE. Anyone know anything about them? what they will use the cars for? Hopefully not scrap...

I have these pictures of the interiors I found online.

inside3.png


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Re: VRE to retire the last of the old gallery cars

Postby JDC » Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:13 pm

Great photos. I always wondered what the interior looked like (I've never been on a two-level train).
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Re: VRE to retire the last of the old gallery cars

Postby STrRedWolf » Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:51 pm

JDC wrote:Great photos. I always wondered what the interior looked like (I've never been on a two-level train).


Yeah... I took a tour through one when Amtrak had National Train Day down in DC. I... can agree with the nickname "cattle car" and thought it couldn't hold more than the MARC III's. Just didn't look like it could handle the load.
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Re: VRE to retire the last of the old gallery cars

Postby davinp » Wed May 03, 2017 8:49 am

VRE still lists some for sale on their website

http://www.vre.org/about/procurement/rf ... nger-cars/
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Re: VRE to retire the last of the old gallery cars

Postby Railman1396 » Wed May 03, 2017 9:24 am

13 were sold back to Metra already in two batches, one of 6 cars and one of 7 cars. The 7 the FNRR just bought are the 20 total cars in that RFI.

Someone just hasn't updated the page in awhile.
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Re: VRE to retire the last of the old gallery cars

Postby JDC » Wed May 03, 2017 10:02 am

Were the white metal racks down the center (bolted to the second level) for luggage? To prevent falls?
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Re: VRE to retire the last of the old gallery cars

Postby Railman1396 » Sat May 06, 2017 5:31 am

Maybe a little of both? I have seen cars with the racks still in them and I believe they were mainly for luggage.
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