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Re: [CBQ] Passenger Es in freight service

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Subject: Re: [CBQ] Passenger Es in freight service
From: "Charlie Vlk" <cvlk@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2021 00:17:22 -0500

Interesting.

Why would the empty mail cars and express be left at Clyde rather than brought to 14th Street with the power? 

Charlie Vlk

 

From: CBQ@xxxxxxxxx <CBQ@xxxxxxxxx> On Behalf Of jamessandrin via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, October 9, 2021 6:41 PM
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Subject: Re: [CBQ] Passenger Es in freight service

 

There was one scheduled train that regularly moved freight and express behind E units.  Train #14 from Omaha to Clyde carried express, empty mail cars and Packing House Products (processed meat and other items) in reefers and TOFC. It was seldom seen because it normally arrived at Cicero about 3:30 or 4 am, dropped its consist and then the power ran light to 14th Street. Normally two E units were used, but if the PHP loads warranted, a Geep or two would help out.  Here is a Chuck Zeiler shot from the Railroad Archive Collection of a very late running #14 at Loomis Street in Naperville.  So it did happen under very controlled circumstances.  Jim Sandrin

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