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Re: Switching cars in Europe
The Boyne City Railway in its excursion days used an English 0-6-0 and three English compartment cars. My recollection of second-hand information is that the equipment was off loaded in Detroit and moved on its own wheels to interchange at Boyne Falls as a special train since the equipment had buffers. The Pennsylvania RR had at least a pair of flatcars with buffers on one end which could be used to handle buffer-equipped rolling stock. The train moved on a week-end when the freight agent in Cadillac didn't work. I was told the extra crew out of Grand Rapids ran up to Boyne Falls with the train, set out the English equipment and headed back south. They stopped in Cadillac long enough to set out the two PRR flatcars in the yard and scooted back to Grand Rapids. The agent, who did his yard checks in the office by looking at conductors' wheel reports and interchange reports from the Ann Arbor, was embarrassed when a supervisory agent asked what was the story on the two odd flatcars in the yard. As an aside, I believe the buffers on the PRR flats had a horizonal hinge across the top of the base plate so they could be flipped up and over the deck out of the way when coupled to standard equipment.