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Chicago & Northwestern Railway (C&NW) Steel Sheathed Wooden Day Coach

 
 
Chicago & Northwestern Railway (C&NW) Steel Sheathed Wooden Day Coach Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 18, 2015
1. Chicago & Northwestern Railway (C&NW) Steel Sheathed Wooden Day Coach Marker
Inscription.  Car #1886 was built at St. Louis Car Company in 1884 as a part of an order for ten short sixty foot coaches for service on the so called "Cowboy Line" of the C&NW being built at the time through Douglas to Lander, Wyoming.
The car was rebuilt in 1915 by American Car and Foundry Company at Jeffersonville, Indiana at which time the car had steel sheathing installed over the wooden siding and electric lights installed inside the gas lights. These fixtures were removed in 1948 and the car was displayed at the Chicago Railroad Fair, presented at the current site of McCormick Place on the lake front in downtown Chicago.
The coach operated in many famous North Western passenger train assignments from 1915 to 1931, such as the North Western Ltd., Victory, Corn King, Viking and Black Hills Express. In 1932 it was assigned to suburban service in the Chicago area where it continued in operation until 1961.
The car was donated to the State of Wyoming in 1962 and acquired by the City of Douglas in 1993.
 
Erected by Douglas Railroad Interpretive Center.
 
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Location. 42° 45.55′ N, 105° 23.244′ W. Marker is in Douglas, Wyoming, in Converse County. Marker is on Brownfield Road (County Route 61) near West Center Street (Business Interstate 25), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 121 Brownfield Road, Douglas WY 82633, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CB&Q) Wooden Caboose (a few steps from this marker); Fremont, Elkhorn & Missouri Valley Railroad Passenger Depot (a few steps from this marker); Good Roads Club (within shouting distance of this marker); Douglas Railroad Interpretive Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Fairmont Motor Car (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Pacific Railroad Baggage Car (within shouting distance of this marker); Douglas (within shouting distance of this marker); Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CB&Q) Dining Car (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Douglas.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Douglas Railroad Interpretive Center which also houses the Douglas Chamber of Commerce and the Converse
Chicago & Northwestern Railway (C&NW) Steel Sheathed Wooden Day Coach and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 18, 2015
2. Chicago & Northwestern Railway (C&NW) Steel Sheathed Wooden Day Coach and Marker
County Tourism Board.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 12, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 403 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 12, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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