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Coach #6 "Tuolumne" at Healdsburg 2

Here's a view of one end of the car. Most of the exterior appears to be in decent enough shape. Thankfully, there is less graffiti on this side.

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Comment by Richard C. Brand on January 14, 2016 at 9:40am

Yes I saw your post re: the ATSF coach.  But as an 80 ft long coach trucking seems impractical as well as expensive.  It may sit in Shellville for some time. 

Comment by Richard C. Brand on January 13, 2016 at 11:45pm

Not having Amtrak certification is not unique among rail car owners.  You can see here: http://www.aaprco.com/membership/join/B/b_data-new.html

that there is a category for private car owners who are not certified to join the group which provides a lot of support on restoration of these cars. 

Any of you on this site who have posted about restoration of a car should join AAPRCO to learn what is involved.  As someone has posted recently it is a good way to turn a large fortune into a small one.  

I'm curious to see what the THA plans to do with the ATSF MoW coach.  My AAPRCO input is that Union Pacific has become a real d-head about pulling these cars.  Amtrak is not so bad but one must get certified.

I recommend anyone thinking about a restoration consider a sailboat instead and then chartering a car. 

Comment by Richard C. Brand on January 13, 2016 at 4:31pm

Does anyone know who owns this car?  Given that it is on the south end of the RR bridge and only a few miles north of Windsor, with some RoW restoration, it could be the next car to be brought out.

SMART of course would have to agree.

Comment by Jordan on January 11, 2016 at 8:18pm

Restoring and maintaining private cars is indeed very expensive. Private car owners who charter out their cars can make a small fortune with them, all they have to do is start off with a large fortune.

Comment by Richard C. Brand on January 11, 2016 at 7:13pm

Not parts as this is mostly the welding in of sheet steel replacement.  But this is a structural issue and therefore a costly project and expensive for the private rail car owner for a car to carry passengers again. 

Donald Trump could afford to renovate, but a private car owner has a lot of other expenses and having to do extensive metal work gets very expensive to meet FRA statues.  Renovated private rail cars are on the market for a price lower than to have to replace extensively rusted panels and then renovated trucks and then interiors and then..............  It is a large hole for lots of $$$. 

Comment by Chad Gustafson on January 11, 2016 at 3:48pm
Richard,

What makes those panels the defining line between the life and death of the car? Rarity of parts?
Comment by Richard C. Brand on January 10, 2016 at 10:03pm

Look for rust on the vertical panels at the point where they intersect with the flooring.  That is indicative of the condition of the coach.  Roof can be redone but those panels are life of death.

Comment by Emilio Galo on February 13, 2014 at 10:35am

Why do people put graffiti on trains when they are not being used? Awesome photo. I didn't know there were train cars in healdsburg.

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