SAL Streamline RPO's : LUSENET : ACL and SAL Railroads Historical Society : One Thread

I am using the Walthers Budd undecorated cars to make some of them into SAL streamline cars. I have look in both Paul Faulk's book "Seaboard Air Line Color Guide to Freight and Passenger Equipment" and Joe Welsh's "By Streamline New York to Florida" appendix and did not see any RPO's lised in light weights. Did Faulk list all SAL cars are only the ones he had pictures of? And in Welsh's book there are none of the headend cars listed. I have seen SAL HO models in light weights and was woundering if they are not correct. A note, I have just finished the "Louisville & Nashville Passenger Equipment" book by Castner, Chapman, and Dorin, and it, with Larry Goolsby's book on the ACL passenger service are the best books i have ever read on the complete car listing and the passenger services on their prospective railroads. I do not model the L& N or am I a member of their historical soceity, but this is a must read for any one who loves the passenger trains. Now if only someone would write a book about the SAL passenger trains with the same amount of information and materials. Allen Wiener, Ocala, FL

-- Allen L. Wiener (, April 16, 2002


I believe the photo indicated is at the top of page 80 in Mr Griffin's book, taken in June of 1966 by Mr Tillotson.

-- Greg Hodges (, April 17, 2002.

There is a photo in "All Lines North of Raleigh" with this car on train #4 in Henderson, NC. Can't remember the page #. John

-- John Edwards (, April 17, 2002.

Yes SAL 6070, ex FEC 501 was SAL's ONLY streamlined full baggage car....I can check later...but pretty sure it was scrapped in 1972.....


-- Ted Strickland (, April 17, 2002.

I seem to remember that we had a discussion on the surviving lightweight baggage cars a few months ago on this web site. It seems that some of these cars are still in AMTRAK service. Perhaps someone else remembers exactly where we discussed this.

-- Michael W. Savchak (, April 17, 2002.

The one and only time I saw this car was in Atlanta in 1967 - not sure if it came in on the Silver Comet or one of the passenger mail & express locals. The car # was 6070 and it was one of the ex-FEC cars SAL purchased in 1965 (it was formerly FEC 501). With no reference materials handy, I can't say right now how long it lasted in service or whether it made it to Amtrak.

-- Larry Goolsby (, April 17, 2002.

Larry, during what years was the lightweight baggage car in SAL service? Do you know the number? I've never seen a picture of this car in service. Thanks!

-- Carey Stevens (, April 17, 2002.

Allen, SAL had no lightweight RPOs - but did have one lightweight baggage car (ex FEC) plus several lightweight baggage-coach combines. SAL did paint some heavyweight RPOs in silver-gray so they would blend with lightweight consists. Thanks for the kind words on my book and you are certainly correct about the L&N book.

-- Larry Goolsby (, April 16, 2002.

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