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GM&O Caboose #2954 [Misc. RR Photo Archives]

gmo2954_03.jpg: GM&O #2954

This GM&O #2954 caboose is preserved at the Monticello Railway Museum in Illinois.
According to the IC/GM&O Color Guide to Freight and Passenger Equipment, this car was built as one of 2950-2958 series wide vision cabooses by the International Car Company in 1968. It was later renumbered and repainted to ICG #199044 due to the IC-GM&O merger. The museum restored it to the original scheme.

The arched Gulf, Mobile & Ohio logo shown below is applied on the boxcar used as a museum at Williamsville, IL. However, unfortunately, the number 57808 applied doesn’t match with the car style appears in IC/GM&O Color Guide to Freight and Passenger Equipment: it seems a fake.

The photos are taken on Sep. 11 and 12, 2019


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Surfaces - Everyday Life in the Early 70’s [Column_Photo Archives]

Here, I introduce scanned images from my dad’s slides mostly taken in the early ’70s. 1964 Oldsmobile was our only choice for means of the family trip to as north as Fairbanks, AK or to as south as Oaxaca, Mexico: we never used airlines. Accordingly, I decided to call this series of posts as “Surfaces”.
1970_71_US_0805.jpg: New York, NY. summer 1971

The half-day bus tour was enough for country folks from Tennessee, er, Japan.
1970_71_US_0802.jpg: New York, NY. summer 1971
1970_71_US_0803.jpg: New York, NY. summer 1971

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Paint Shop – 67 : Gulf Mobile & Ohio Boxcar 56345, part 2 [Works_Boxcars]

gmo56345_04.jpg: GM&O 56345

Here are the data of the car and a belief history of the railroad.

GM&O 56200 - 56399 series boxcars:
The Official Railway Equipment Register (ORER) for April 1974 shows the group #56200 to #56399 with 136 cars in place, accompanied by other 49 cars with the same dimensions but with the description “Box, 4 Belt DF-2 Loaders, Lading Strap Anchors” and designation XL, described as follows:

AAR Designation XM and description “Box, Lading Strap Anchors”. The inside length of both of these cars was 50 feet 6 inches, inside width 9 feet 4 inches, inside height 10 feet 5 inches, outside length 54 feet 6 inches, extreme height 15 feet 1 inch, door opening 9 feet, and capacity 4932 cubic feet or 110,000 pounds.

Gulf Mobile & Ohio Railroad
See Paint Shop – 63 : Gulf Mobile & Ohio Boxcar 9077, part 2

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