Railjunkie wrote: ↑Wed Oct 20, 2021 10:34 am
A 2.5ft walking path on a moving train inside a baggage car is an accident waiting to happen. Myself when I was in uniform preferred about a 4ft path that way there was not much chance of getting a toe caught in a strap or under a shifted bag. Those old heritage cars didn't ride the best plus they didn't have all the nice fold down racks like the viewliners. So I guess that throws off your square footage a bit.
I will agree the cars are under utilized I don't see anywhere near the bags that were handled even in the late 90s. It wasn't uncommon to handle 40 to 60 bags at some of the bigger stops, some days more some days less.
74x6x10 is 4440 cubic feet, and you still only need 1176 cubic feet.
"But what about the coach passengers?" Okay, lets add those in. 30 people per coach, 2 checked bags, 2 coaches. Another 120 bags. To make the math easier we can round that up to 128... and calculate another half of the original estimate.
4440 cubic feet, and you only need 1764 cubic feet.
This is where I ask Railjunkie if he's ever seen a baggage car more than half full.