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Special movement of some of the passenger cars, for a special at Eureka. The track was in bad shape at Bell Springs and we needed idler cars, because of the dip in the track. The RS-1 was leased and is running backwards.
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Not sure sure they were "glory" days. We spent a lot of time on bad track from Dos Rios to Fort Seaward going 10 mph on truly crummy track. Willits to Island Mountain swap trains and back to Willits took 12 hours. In 1985 we could go from Willits to Eureka in less time and I if I remember right it was a longer trip. After Fort Seaward the speed limit was mostly 25 mph and seem like you were really getting over the road.
The box car and there is a flat between the 2nd and 3rd coaches. The lock tight couplers on the passenger cars are too stiff to make it through some of the dips in the sinks. The couplers would try to lift the passenger cars rather than the couplers shifting up and down passed the knuckles of a normal coupler.
The cars are ex-Shasta Daylight for the most part and a couple of Santa Fe cars. They were owned by Dick Reynolds and Neal Ferguson long before 4449 went back into service. They were being used out of Willits while the 4449 was hauling its train around.
Are those passenger cars from SP 4449?
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