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Milwaukee Baggage Car "GN Fast Mail" - HO Scale
Milwaukee Baggage Car "GN Fast Mail" - HO Scale

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Milwaukee Baggage Car regularly appeared on GN's "Fast Mail"

The cars in this series were built by Pullman in 1909 as Chicago, Milwaukee & Puget Sound 3000-3014. Erection drawings and diagrams indicate that they originally were equipped with six-wheel trucks. When the cars were incorporated into the Milwaukee Road system, they became Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific 804, 807, 811, 816, 834 and 717-726. By 1951 all of the 717-726 series but 718 had received four-wheel trucks, and 725 had left the roster. The drawings and diagrams also show that they were originally equipped with diaphragms, but in later years these were removed and simple plates were placed above the end doors. This kit is intended to model the four-wheel truck cars in the 717-726 series. Since the Milwaukee Road had the U. S. mail contract between Chicago and the Twin Cities, but Great Northern had the contract between the Twin Cities and Seattle, these cars commonly appeared in the consist of Great Northern’s Fast Mail (Trains 27 and 28), apparently being used as mail storage cars. We would like to thank Jim Murrie and the Illinois Railroad Museum for providing prototype information for these cars.

The kit

HO scale laser cut wood kit produced for the GNRHS by Bethlehem Car Works. Decals included. Trucks and couplers to be added by the modeler.

Model and photos courtesy of Ken Middleton.

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