Tuesday, June 12, 2018

NSR Coach #711

NSR Coach #711 in Wishram, Washington, on June 7, 1997

Pictured in Wishram, Washington, in the consist of an excursion train with Southern Pacific Daylight GS-4 #4449, Coach #711 is constructed of aluminum-alloy with polished fluted side panels, and was originally built by American Car & Foundry in 1946 as Louisville & Nashville #3203 for use on the Humming Bird between Cincinnati and New Orleans. It was later sold to the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie for commuter service in the Pittsburgh area and became P&LE #403. The P&LE commuter service made its last run on July 12, 1985, and the car was sold to the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society for use with Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 #765 and was numbered #711. In 1993, Nickel Plate #765 was taken out of excursion service due to a needed overhaul. This car was subsequently sold to North Star Rail in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for use with Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 #261. As seen here, it was also used for other excursions when not needed for #261.

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