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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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"HEAD END/DEAD END"
 
« on: May 12th, 2012, 10:49pm »
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The 1960's was, for all practical purposes, thje las decade where long cuts of head-end cars graced so many of the Nation's passenger trains; baggage, mail-storage/RPO's, REX reefers, combines......these were the cars still so commonplace in everyday service.
 
Even on many suburban runs, such equipment were everyday sights.
 
And REX cars and RPO's were  true "moneymakers" for railroads, their revenue making it possible for much of the county's passenger trains to keep on running, in the years before AMTRAK and State subsidies.
 
Once the government pulled most of the mail from the rails, and the massive REA empire collapsed, countless runs became huge financial drains; for, without the revenues from head-end traffic, it was impossible to continue so money runs; on many trains, passenger fares made up but a miniscule part of the revenues generated by each run.
 
It was, instead, the income generated by the high volume of head-end traffic which enabled the railroads to continue operating as many passenger trains as they did.
 
For, once the head-end revenues evaporated, the demise of the American passenger train as we knew it was near at hand.
 
Let us now discuss the once vast array of head-end equipment which was so commonplace through the 1960's..............
 
"H.F.M."


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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Re: "HEAD END/DEAD END"
 
« Reply #1 on: May 12th, 2012, 10:55pm »
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A page on DL&W head-end cars......
 
http://rr-fallenflags.org/el/pax/headend.html


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #2 on: May 12th, 2012, 11:08pm »
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Until 1969, the E-L operated passenger service between Hoboken and Buffalo.
 
"THE OWL" (No. 15), and the "NEW YORK MAIL" (No. 10) were the last vestiges of DL&W/E-L passenger service from Hoboken.
 
Later E-L timetables informed passengers that these trains were primarily for mail and express, but offered coach service (HOB-BUFF).
 
Here we see E-L RPO # 690 at E. Buffalo, in 1967......
 
http://rr-fallenflags.org/el/pax/el-r690aps.jpg


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #3 on: May 12th, 2012, 11:18pm »
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Two early 1960's views of E-L passenger runs at Binghamton, NY.
 
Note the number of head-end cars in each consist; by the late 60's, scenes such as these were virtually extinct.
 
How could passenger services hope to survive when all of this heavy head-end traffic vanished?
 
http://rr-fallenflags.org/el/loco/el809as.jpg
 
http://rr-fallenflags.org/el/loco/el809at.jpg


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #4 on: May 12th, 2012, 11:24pm »
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Port Morris, NJ (E-L), 1962......
 
http://rr-fallenflags.org/el/loco/el809bjh.jpg


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #5 on: May 12th, 2012, 11:31pm »
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Hammond, Indiana, 1967..........
 
http://rr-fallenflags.org/el/loco/el819bjh.jpg


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #6 on: May 12th, 2012, 11:36pm »
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Chicago, 1966............
 
http://rr-fallenflags.org/el/loco/el819ajh.jpg


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #7 on: May 12th, 2012, 11:43pm »
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Chicago, 1966 (note TOFC in consist).......
 
http://rr-fallenflags.org/el/loco/el827ajh.jpg


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #8 on: May 12th, 2012, 11:51pm »
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Early/mid-60's E-L train (unidentified location); again, note TOFC's.
 
By eliminating the heavy head-end loads seen here, trains such as this could not possibly hope to survive............
 
http://rr-fallenflags.org/el/pax/el-yard5.jpg


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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Well-done page on RPO's..........
 
http://www.ask.com/wiki/Railway_post_office


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jmlaboda
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« Reply #10 on: May 12th, 2012, 11:58pm »
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Head-end cars came in all shapes and sizes...
 
Monon was one of roughly a dozen-plus roads that used former boxcar-type troop cars as express cars...
 
http://monon.org/Images2/mow80066.jpg
http://transport.castlegraphics.com/albums/railroad/rollingstock/passenger/cbq_express_8826_ww2_troop_carrier.jpg
 
 
Even a few head-end cars of the truest sense were "shorties"...
 
http://transport.castlegraphics.com/albums/railroad/rollingstock/passenger/cbq_rea-1300_01.jpg
http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=497885
http://abpr.railfan.net/abprphoto.cgi?july05/07-10-05/GN9_2005_06_23_NorthFreedom_WI.jpg
 
(The GN car built as a mail car, rebuilt as a baggage car before being converted to a steam generator car.)
 
Some carried crew for the rear of mail and express trains...
 
http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=994777
http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1828087


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #11 on: May 13th, 2012, 12:03am »
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See also.....
 
http://www.mailcar.net/boost_margins/contact/mail_cars.html


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #12 on: May 13th, 2012, 12:07am »
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Recalling REA...........
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Railway_Express_Agency
 
http://www.northeast.railfan.net/rea.html


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #13 on: May 13th, 2012, 12:13am »
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DL&W RPO #1807, Hoboken, 1948......
 
http://www.northeast.railfan.net/images/dlw1807.jpg


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #14 on: May 13th, 2012, 12:20am »
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DL&W "Boonton" combo at Hoboken, reminding us of a time when head-end traffic was once a part of suburban railroading as well........
 
http://www.northeast.railfan.net/images/dlw418.jpg


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #15 on: May 13th, 2012, 12:23am »
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DL&W MU combo #2400, Hoboken.......
 
http://www.northeast.railfan.net/images/dlw2400.jpg


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #16 on: May 13th, 2012, 12:31am »
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Former NH express car (ex-troop sleeper), 1971.......
 
http://www.northeast.railfan.net/images/nh3638.jpg


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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Another interesting RP page.............
 
http://www.northeast.railfan.net/classic/RPOdata1.html


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #18 on: May 13th, 2012, 12:44am »
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SF express car, Dearborn, 1966..............
 
http://rr-fallenflags.org/atsf/atsf002125jpa.jpg


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Norm_Anderson
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« Reply #19 on: May 13th, 2012, 12:49am »
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on May 12th, 2012, 11:58pm, jmlaboda wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Head-end cars came in all shapes and sizes . . .
 
Even a few head-end cars of the truest sense were "shorties"...
 
http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=497885

 
Jerry, thanks for this link to a Yosemite Valley car ! ! !
 
I've always had a soft spot for the YV-- I went to your website and looked at your link to an old YV wooden coach, and in the accompanying description, there was mention that rail service to the National Parks might be seen as a way to curb auto congestion.  Since much of the old YV right-of-way still exists, have you heard any rumblings or blue-skying about maybe reviving rail service to El Portal?
 
Curious regards,
 
Norm


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