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Re: Grand Rapids 1946
Posted by Caz3 on 3/9/2017, 5:11 pm, in reply to "Re: Grand Rapids 1946"
Interesting. Found an online copy of PRR employee timetable for the Fort Wayne Division, dated Sept 1954. Shows PRR #500 scheduled to dpt Union Station at 9:50 AM for arrival (and termination) Sturgis 12:13. #501 Sturgis, dpt 6:14AM for arr GRR 8:13AM. Those trains at that time likely used the doodlebugs rather than an E7 pulling a coach.
Also of interest, to me anyway, was finding an entire PRR passenger timetable (PDF) online that shows that you could still board a 12 sections, dwg room sleeper on #500-200 at 9:30PM for a 10PM departure for Cincinnati in the summer of 1952. Did not know that type of service was still available then.
Consequently, what I'm guessing what you may have seen if it was in daylight was a Sperry inspection car. They looked like doodlebugs in those days. Painted yellow if I remember right.
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