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I am an HO scale modeler of the Montgomery, AL area in the late 60's. I would really like to build some WofA Streamlined Passemger cars and I have purchased the microscale decal set. My question is about the numbers and names of the cars of the WofA, and if any pictures or a roster might be available. I have seen George Elwood's roster, but it is for 1954. I would also really like to find a reference for the equipment of the WofA. I have been modeling the L&N, but I now have expanded my layout to include the WofA. All help is appreciated.
-- Tony Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org), May 21, 2000
West Point Route lightweight passenger cars were as follows:
A&WP 68-69 Coach (destroyed 11-51 at Woodstock, AL, on SouRy) WofA 87 RPO-Baggage WofA 106 Coach A&WP 120 Coach A&WP 501 Diner WofA "Alabama River" 10-6 Sleeper A&WP "Chattahoochee River" 10-6 Sleeper WofA "Royal Palace" (Later "Charles A. Wickersham") 5 DBR Obs-Lge.
The equipment was stainless steel and lettered in Southern Railway- style black lettering, as it was most equipment regularly assigned to the "Crescent" pool.
I gave you both A&WP and WofA cars as they were assigned indiscriminately, the A&WP and the WofA being essentially operated as one railroad.
Hope this helps.
-- Robert H. Hanson (RHanson669@aol.com), May 22, 2000.
Tony- The following is from an official list of Western Ry. of Alabama passenger cars dated March 1968: Baggage/Mail #85,86(70ft), Baggage/Mail #87 (81ft)lt.wgt., Coach #104,105 (69ft/44 seats), Coach #106 (78ft/52 seats)lt.wgt., Baggage #200,201,202 (69ft), Baggage #203 (60ft), Baggage #205 to 208 (70ft), Baggage #221,222 (60ft), Baggage #231 (69ft), Dining Car #403 (69ft/32 seats) and Sleeping Car "Alabama River" (78ft/22 seats/10 roomette-6 bedrooms)lt wgt. All the lightweight cars were built in 1949 & 1950 for the Southern Rwy.'s CRESCENT train as part of the pool of equipment for that train. The other cars may all be heavyweights, but I can't confirm that. For further information you might want to contact the NMRA Library in Chattanooga. They can be found on the Internet at http://www.NMRA.org/ They may be able to help with photo copies, etc. Hope this partially answers your question.
-- Tom Underwood (email@example.com), May 22, 2000.
I will go home tonight and will dig out copies of the various passenger equipment registers I have, say for 1964 and 1970 and will make copies. I also will dig out what I have on the lightweight cars- there were just a few and all were for joint Southern/L&N service. E mail me your snail mail address so I can send you Xerox copies.
-- Michael W. Savchak (Savchak @MNR.org), May 22, 2000.