N Scale: 60-ft Arched Roof Baggage Express car - Canadian National

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Wheels of Time N Scale: 60-ft Arched Roof and Harriman Baggage Express car - CN*

Maple Leaf (1954 scheme) 60-ft Arched Roof Baggage-Express car, National Steel Car 1940

These cars were seen on railroads across North America. Harriman cars were developed during the time of Edward Henry Harriman, who controlled the Chicago & Alton Railroad, the Union Pacific, the Southern Pacific, the Illinois Central, the Central of Georgia, the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, Wells Fargo Express Company, and directed the development of the "Common Standard Specifications" among the Associated Lines. This set of specifications allowed parts to be shared across all Harriman-controlled railroads, allowing economical bid prices due to the sheer size of standardized orders, standardized part inventories and methods for car repair.

These cars were designed with the a distinctive arched roof and diamond underframe crossbearers. The Arched Roof construction handled rainy weather better than clerestoy design - once lighting and ventilation problems were solved. Non-Harriman Arched Roof cars, while similar, had fished-belly underframes developed by Pullman Mfg. Co. and copied by others.  Some of these 60-ft cars remained in use until the advent of Amtrak while others became maintenance-of-way cars.

About the CN Scheme:

Built by National Steel Car of Hamilton, Ontario in 1940 as class BE and numbered 8775-8799. These cars carried mail, luggage, & LCL express packages, and stayed in service until they were scrapped in 1970s.

*Railroad had very similar car, not the exact prototype.

 



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