by Ken S.
How many passenger cars did the C&NW "cap" to run with the Gallery cars on the 400s? I found a pic of a baggage-combination car with one of these "caps", but can't find any info on other cars that were done in this manner.
Tadman wrote:It is unbelievable that a road known for extreme thrift - secondhand power with no dynamics comes to mind - would spend the money (perhaps $10k/each in today's dollars) to shop a car, add a fake roof, and cut it loose on money losing passenger service.True, but that's still an order of magnitude cheaper than buying new gallery diners or baggage/RPOs. It fits with the image I have of CNW - cheap, but only to the point where they start to look unprofessional.