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3/18/2017 06:18:00 AM
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What was this last car ?
The letter board looks like " Atlantic Coast Line " and it is being used as the caboose of this section. It has the standard marker lamps on it like a caboose. This is an older heavy weight passenger car (maybe the railroad's business car) and maybe they needed to transfer it down the line? p.j.
That makes sense PJ for the ACL train crew
PJ: What was it that finally eliminated the caboose from most or all trains today?
Some years back (long ago) the Freight Rail Companies beat the unions back from that demand in turn that some jobs were protected The "Crummies" were all retired or became exhibits at or near old stations Many were sold for scrap
In this scene, I believe the train is backing up after having gone out onto ACL's Manatee River bridge at Bradenton. Note the brakeman hanging on to the right rear of the coach and signaling ahead to the locomotives. I have thought this likely means that the coach was to be dropped at the Bradenton depot which the train has just passed.These photos were taken in 1954. The route book for that year verifies that the trains left Sarasota quarters via the ACL.This, the ACL bridge over the Manatee, is still in use. The old SAL bridge just to the east was abandoned following the merger of the two.
I think that bridge & some track South into Manatee is still owned by "CSX" & joins Seminole Gulf track very near the Suburban Gas plant where Sem Gulf keeps a locomotive
It was Seminole Gulf that precipitated the exit from Venice WQ
Thank you Mr.Reynolds for verifying the year as 1954.p.j.
The caboose would monitor the air pressure through the entire train. The railroads came up with a box to hang on the last car plugged into the air line. It communicates with the engine over a radio frequency, if the air pressure drops or goes away, because a car uncoupled, the engine is signaled to stop the train. Saves an employee and the weight of a non-revenue car. I think they are called FRED but I don't remember what the acronym means.
Fred= Flashing red end deviceIt is the sense and braking unit (sbu) you see at the back of trains now. p.j.
Thanks, it's been a while since I was actively modeling trains.
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