riffian wrote:Wasn't aware the Nandua had been sold. Anybody have further on this transaction? Two things for sure - they got a lot less in the sale than they put in to it during the refit and it's days as a rail barge are over.Was the Nandua the one that sank from one end at Little Creek. Remember one sitting down at one end, closest to the CG station. This was about the time they were cutting up the old passenger cars that used to sit down there.
RailVet wrote:Did those old passenger cars ever actually carry passengers on the ESHR or BCR? Or did they arrive, get painted, and then just sit in the yard?The short answer is I don't know, but I am pretty sure that none of this equipment was ever actually used on the Bay Creek operation to carry passengers. Developer Richard "Dickie" Foster signed a 30 year lease in 2006 with the two counties to operate the railroad. He had big plans both for his Bay Creek development and golf course, and for tourist operations on the Eastern Shore Railroad, which he rechristened the Bay Creek Railroad. In 2008 he spent a great deal of money to purchase, rebuild and motorize a former Texas Electric interurban car which was used in an unsuccessful dinner train operation out of Cape Charles. This was the only excursion passenger operation offered, to my knowledge. This was really a cool little car, a true railfan's delight, but alas, the dinner operation only lasted two summers and never got off the ground in 2011. The gaudy Bay Creek "train" was brought to Cape Charles as a public advertising gimmick. It was gaily painted and left as a billboard in downtown Cape Charles as part of the Bay Creek development plans. heritage on the equipment is generally unknown to me, but the one passenger car at the east end of the "train" is a former sleeper, totally gutted on the interior and totally useless as a historical piece. The freight cars' provenance is also unknown to me, but I can't believe they have much historical value decorated as they are. The one coach "Southern Comfort" is clearly of Southern Railway heritage, a post-war streamstyle rebuild and is in much better shape. The other passenger car is a former business or parlor car, for which I have no speculation.
I hope the museum is able to at least make the rolling presentable and not just let it rust away.