Nevada Northern & Railoads of White Pine County

 

 

Nevada Northern Railway Passenger Equipment Roster

~ a complete listing of The Ely Route varnish ~

Based on the original research of

Steve Swanson

 

This roster was prepared primarily from the original research conducted by Steve Swanson and generously shared for these pages.

Additional sources are noted in the references. Full citations may be found on the "WPC RR Reference List" Web page.

All errors of fact, omission and/or transcription are solely the responsibility of the editor, Keith Albrandt.


 
 
 
 

Coaches & Parlor Cars

NNRy Museum contemporary coach No. 1433 on tourist excursion 19 June 1999
Copyright © 2000 Keith Albrandt

 

Coach No. 1

Purchased new from the St. Louis Car Co. in 1908. Wooden body and frame, 4 wheel trucks, 36 inch wheels, steam heat. Built as open platform car, it was rebuilt with wide vestibules 30 June 1912.

Retired December 1934 and sold to the NCCCo. for use as shift-change car at the mines near Ruth, NV.

Comment
Coaches 1, 2 & 3 were built to the then current 60-foot Harriman Standard coach design with the same lot number as a large coexistent order for the Southern Pacific Railroad.

Additional References
Nevada Northern Railway Book Committee, p.31 (photo).
Wyatt, 19 September 2002.

Coach No. 2

Purchased new from the St. Louis Car Co. in 1908 as a virtual twin to coach No. 1.

Converted to cook and bunk car A-2 for MOW wrecker service in July 1938.

Donated by KCC to the Nevada Northern Railway Museum in 1986. Subsequently rebuilt as a coach for the NNRy museum tourist train service.

Damaged in tourist excursion train collision on 17 June 1995. Both vestibules buckled, the couplers and trucks sustained damage, the frames' I-beams were knocked out of alignment, and about 75 windows were broken. The force of the impact ripped most of the seats from the floor.

Comment
Currently stored unfit for service at the Nevada Northern Railway Museum in East Ely. In 2003, the Museum reports it will reevaluate its status within a year in hopes raising funds for restoration.

Additional References
Bianchi, p. 31.
Deen, p.42.
East Ely Railroad Depot Museum, June 1999.
"Foundation Board Officer Election", Spring 2000, p. 3.
Nevada Northern Railway Museum, June 1999.
Sellers, 02 March 2000.
Yarger, pp. 14-15 (photo p. 15).

 

Coach No. 3

Purchased new from the St. Louis Car Co. in 1908 as a virtual twin to coach No.1, but unlike No. 1 it was apparently never rebuilt with vestibules. Sold to NCCCo. in January 1927 and used at Ruth for many years as an employee shift car.

Comment
Possibly one of the 2 NNRy coaches listed in early ORERs as 2nd class.

The coaches in service at Ruth as shift train cars were called "the crummy". The first, and perhaps the crummiest of the crummies was old boxcar #200.

Ex-NN coach No. 3 seen here as KCC NMD employee car No. 3, out of service on spur track by Keystone Bridge, Copper Flat, Nevada, October, 1948.

Jerry Graham photo; Steve Swanson collection; used with permission.

 

 

Coach No. 4

Purchased 2nd hand from Hotchkiss, Blue & Co. on 31 August 1913. Pullman, 66' 7" long, wooden body and frame, 6 wheel trucks, 36-inch wheels, steam heat. Retired October 1933 and scrapped at East Ely.

Comment
Purchased after the mainline passenger train was all vestibuled circa July 1912. There is no specific reference to vestibules but judging from its cost ($4,637.00; total cost $4,918.40) it was a vestibuled car.

 

Coach No. 03 converted to Chair Car No. 5

Built by Pullman Chicago works as all wooden sleeping car Silesia (plan 93B, lot 38; 12 section / drawing room) in June 1882 for the Pullman–Union Pacific Association. Withdrawn from UP Association use April 1898. Sold to Hotchkiss, Blue & Co. in July 1913.

Purchased by the NN 2nd hand from Hotchkiss, Blue & Co. 09 July 1913 for $1,500.00.

Apparently designated as Coach #03 until conversion to Chair Car #5 (with smoking and non-smoking sections) between 31 December 1917 and 31 May 1918 (cost ~$8,900).

Donated by KCC to Nevada Northern Railway Museum in 1986.

Damaged in tourist excursion collision on 17 June 1995. Suffered damage to the draft gear, trucks and couplers. Remarkably, not a single window (including original leaded art glass ones) was broken. The force of the impact ripped most of the seats from the floor.

Stored out of service at the Nevada Northern Railway Museum in East Ely since the collision, it has now (2003) been restored to operating condition at an expenditure of some $300,000.

Comment
Chair cars generally had a selection of both comfortable chairs as well as some nicely appointed coach style seats, as opposed to the reversible seats (rattan or upholstered) attached to the floor that were typical for coach seating. Railroads often charged extra for Chair Car service.

Additional References
Barger, 1990, p.82.
Bianchi, p. 31.
Deen, p. 42.
East Ely Railroad Depot Museum, June 1999.
Jennison, p. 39 (photo).
Nevada Magazine, August 1989, p. E1 (photo).
Nevada Northern Railway Museum, June 1999.
"Railroad News Photos", August 1982, p.14 (photo).
Sellers, 30 March 2000.
Wagner, 1971, p. 181 (photo).
Yarger, pp. 14.

 

 

Coach No. 02 renumbered to Coach No. 6

Purchased 2nd hand in April 1906 from F. M. Hicks Co. of Chicago for $3,000.00. Wooden body and frame, 56' 4" long, 4 wheel wood frame trucks, 36 inch wheels, steam heat, open platform. Renumbered Coach #6 December 1923. Sold to NCCCo in Ruth October 1925 for use as a shift-change car in the pit.

Comment
Built new for C.&E.I. (Chicago & Eastern Illinois) in the 1880's. One of the 2 NNRy coaches listed in early ORERs as 2nd class.

 

 

Coach No. 63

Built by the Brill Railcar Co. in 1912 and purchased 2nd hand from Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester & Dubuque Electric Traction Co. (Dan Patch Line) April 1917 for $5,500.00. Open platform, 48'6" long, wooden body, steel underframe, metal trucks, and 33-inch wheels.

Sold to Utah Copper Co. October 1943 for use as a shift change car in their Bingham pit. Became UCCo. #9 and was stored at Bingham on the rip track (old B&G main line) east of the Dry Fork shops in October 1977 (perhaps as late as July 1978).

Comment
The Brill Cars were used in School Train service and shift trains to Ruth & McGill.

These Brill cars appear to be all steel commuter coaches in photographs and are commonly referred to as such in the literature, although the NN records indicate "wooden body".

Additional References
Middleton, 1959.
Middleton, 1960.

 

Coach No. 64

Same as #63. Sold to NCCCo. #1 employees car for use as shift change car in Ruth Liberty Pit. 31 August 1940.

Scrapped circa summer 1957.



Ex-NN coach 64 as KCC NMD employee car No. 1
Monitor spur, Copper Flat, Nevada, October 1948.
Jerry Graham photo; Steve Swanson collection
used with permission

Comment
Marion Willis Savage, owner of the International Stock Food Co. of Minneapolis, bought the celebrated racehorse Dan Patch in December 1902. A few years later, Savage was a principle in the formation of the Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Rochester, and Dubuque Electric Traction Company railroad, which became known as the Dan Patch Line.

Additional References
Nevada Northern Railway Book Committee, p. 33 (photo).
Wagner, 1952, p. 52 (photo).
Wagner, 1971, p. 180 (photo).
Wurm, 1973, p. 17 (photo).

KCC coaches No. 1 (right) and No. 2 (left) at Copper Flat engine house (Ruth, NV) on 18 September 1949; ex-Nevada Northern No. 64 and No. 65, respectively..

Gerald M. Best photograph
Image courtesy of Steve Swanson
Used with permission

   

Coach No. 65

Same as #63. This car came from Dan Patch as #31 and was renumbered to #65 about 1917. Sold NCCCo. #2 employees car for use as shift change car in Ruth Liberty Pit 31 August 1940.

Scrapped circa summer 1957.

Comment
The Dan Patch Line was in receivership in 1917 when the NN purchased the 4 interurban coaches. The NN was also offered two gas-electric cars at that time, #6 and parlor car Marion, but weren't interested in them.

Additional References
Nevada Northern Railway Book Committee, p. 33 (photo).

 

 

Parlor Car Cobre

Built by Pullman Detroit works as the Undine 07 September 1887 (plan 505, lot D309; 14 chair / 13 seat / Drawing Room / Buffet) for service in the Pullman New York, Lake Erie and Western Association. Sold to Pullman’s Palace Car Company in 1888.

Rebuilt to plan 505D (14 chair / 12 seat / Drawing Room / Buffet / Observation) configuration prior to 1900.

Rebuilt prior to 1912 to plan 505G (14chair / 19seat / Drawing Room / Buffet / Observation).

Purchased by the NN 2nd hand from the Pullman Co. on 31 March 1913 for $3,777.64 and renamed Cobre. Wooden body, composite underframe, 68' 5" long, 6 wheel trucks, 36 inch wheels. Built as a mid-train lounge/sleeper and modified prior to delivery to the NN to include an observation platform at one end while retaining the vestibule at the other end.

Rebuild completed 31 May 1918 including a new steel underframe and a new roof for a cost of $10,026.26. The car interior was also redone at this time and contained many new appliances.

Retired April 1942. The car was subsequently burned but the precise circumstances (deliberate or accidental) remain unclear.

Comment
The attendent on the Cobre was Mr. Abraham Lincoln Porter.
NN parlor car service ended about 1928. Cobre was used as a chair car until the end of passenger service on 31 July 1941.

Additional References
Barger, 1988, p. 119 (photo).
Barger, 1990, p. 127.
Beebe, 1961, pp. 314-315 (photo of Undine).
Nevada Northern Railway Book Committee, p. 32 (photo).
Read. 1965, p. 277.
Sellers, 30 March 2000.

Cobre
East Ely yards, c1937?

Eldon Lucy photo; Martin/Healy collection;
courtesy of David Sellers;
used with permission.

 

 

Parlor Car Shafter

Built by Pullman Chicago works as the Annette 23 July 1887 (plan 505, lot 1376; 14 chair / 13 seat / Drawing Room / Buffet) for general service. Sold to Pullman’s Palace Car Co. in 1888.

Reconfigured in March 1900 to plan 505F (14 chair / 18 seat / Drawing Room / Observation) and renamed Gabrielle.

Purchased by the NN 2nd hand from Pullman Co. on 30 April 1914 for $1,500.00 and renamed Shafter. Paint and lettering cost an additional $171.00. Similar specifications as the Cobre. Built as a mid-train lounge/sleeper and modified prior to delivery to the NN to include an observation platform at one end while retaining the vestibule at the other end. Both the Cobre (see above) and the Shafter were originally built as Pullman plan 505.

Retired and scrapped May 1925.

Additional References
Barger, 1988, p. 27.
Barger, 1990, p. 127.
Sellers, 30 March 2000.

 


Copyright © 2000 Brad S. Lomazzi
Used with permission


 
 

 

Combines & Baggage Cars

Baggage & Mail Car #20
19 June 1999
Copyright © 2000 Keith Albrandt

 

 

Combination Baggage & Coach No. 03

Same as Coach #65. Came from Dan Patch as Coach #30 and was rebuilt to a combine on arrival at the NN and renumbered #03 Sold to Kennecott Copper Corp. October 1945.

Used first as a Community Car and later as hospital car. It was stored on a spur near the Wedge Shaft on Copper Flat.

Scrapped circa summer 1957.

Comment
If someone got hurt, they hooked car to engine, picked up injured, hauled them to uptown Ruth to Dr. Riries' office.

Additional References
Allen, p. 23 (photo).
Nevada Northern Railway Book Committee, p. 32 (photo).

 

 

Combination Baggage & Coach No. 04

Purchased 2nd hand from F. M. Hicks Co. of Chicago for $3,000.00 in April 1906. This car was originally a coach probably remodeled to a combine before purchase by the NNRy. Wooden body and frame, 56'4" long, 4 wheel wood trucks, 36 inch wheels, steam heat, open platform. Retired 25 September 1928 and sold to NCCCo. Ruth for use as a shift change car.


Copyright © 2000 Brad S. Lomazzi
Used with permission

Comment
Built new for C.&E.I. (Chicago & Eastern Illinois) in the 1880's.

The cars sold to NCCCo. in Ruth were used until worn out and eventually burned for their scrap. Steve Swanson recalls "I worked an extra out Thursday engine in August of 1957 when we pushed the 3 or 4 remaining passenger cars out on the Sunshine Dump and the track gang burned them." Normally there was an extra on Thursday to switch out the local and the rip tracks, powder track and any other odd jobs that needed doing.

 

 

Combination Baggage & Coach No. 05

Built by Pullman c1886 and purchased 2nd hand from the Atlantic Equipment Co., Harvey, IL in January 1909. 59' 1" long, wooden body, composite underframe, 6 wheel wood frame trucks, steam heat, open platform.

Donated to the White Pine Museum in 1960 and subsequently to the NNRy Museum where it is stored today.


Photographed at the White Pine Public Museum;
photographer unknown, mid- to late 1960's

Comment
This car was used as spare caboose from 1939 until arrival of 2nd caboose #5 from Utah Copper in 1945.

Currently under reconstruction utilizing salvageable parts from No. 06 as required.

 

Additional References
East Ely Railroad Depot Museum, June 1999.
Ghost Tracks, Autumn 2001.
Nevada Northern Railway Museum, June 1999.
Wagner, 1952, p. 53 (photo).
Wagner, 1971, p. 178 (photo).

 

 

Combination Baggage & Coach No. 06

Same as #05. Purchased 2nd hand in June 1909.

Converted to outfit car #06 (for section gang living) to be used in MOW service with the NNRy wrecking crane in May 1940. In service to end of operations.

 



30 May 1982 at East Ely, NV
Copyright © 2001 Keith Ardinger; used with permission

 

Comment
Donated by KCC to Nevada Northern Railway Museum in 1986. Stored at East Ely.

Ravaged by weather and vandals, it is deemed unsuitable for restoration. Salvageable parts will be used to restore No. 05.


Additional References
East Ely Railroad Depot Museum, June 1999.
Ghost Tracks, Autumn 2001.
Nevada Northern Railway Book Committee, p. 33 (photo as combine).
Nevada Northern Railway Museum, June 1999.
Wagner, 1971, p. 182 (photo as outfit car).
Wurm, 1973, p. 17 (photo).

1919 drawing of combination car 06
Courtesy of the East Ely Railroad Depot Museum

 

 

Baggage & Mail Car No. 20

Built by American Car and Foundry and purchased 2nd hand in May 1907 from Harlan and Hollingsworth, Wilmington, DE. 60' 10" long, wooden body, composite frame, 4 wheel trucks. Rebuilt with dummy vestibules in 1912.

This baggage/express/RPO car was donated by KCC to Nevada Northern Railway Museum in 1986. Stored operable at East Ely.

Additional References
East Ely Railroad Depot Museum, June 1999.
Jennison, pp. 39-40 (photos).
Nevada Magazine, August 1989, p. E1 (photo).
Nevada Northern Railway Museum, June 1999.
"Railroad News Photos", August 1982, p. 14 (photo).
Schmollinger, p. 45 (photo).
Wagner, 1971, p. 179 (photo).

 

 

Baggage & Mail Car No. 21

Built in 1907 by American Car & Foundry and purchased new by the NNRy. Wooden body, composite frame, 60' 3" long, 4 wheel trucks, rebuilt with dummy vestibules and steel underframe in 1912.

Sold to the Virginia & Truckee 14 July 1941. It retained its number to become V&T 2nd No. 21, replacing the earlier home-built car of that number which had been sold to Hollywood in 1938.


As V&T No. 21 (2nd) at Carson City, NV on 30 May 1950.
Ted Wurm photograph; used with permission.

Comment
It was part of the last V&T run on 31 May 1950. Displayed after 1955 at the north end of Carson City with locomotive No. 27 and coach No. 18. In 1961, one end of the car was damaged by a vandal's fire. Today, the car is largely intact, although the mail equipment has been removed. It is owned by the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City.

Additional References
Staff, Nevada State Railroad Museum, 1999.


 
 

 

Officer Cars

 

"For a railroad with no more than 150 miles of main line, the Nevada Northern was a considerable repository of private cars..." — Lucius Beebe

 

 


L.I.R.R. 2nd Jamaica at Greenport in 1972
(former NN 2nd No.100).

Joseph D. Korman collection.
Used with permission.


Former NN 2nd No.100 on Ohi-Rail
01 November 1998.

Copyright © 2000. Used with permission of the STEAM Railroad Museum, Minerva, OH

 

 

Business Car 1st No. 101 Ely

Purchased January 1911 for $4000.00. The General Manager's car based in East Ely.

Sold to the Copper River & Northwestern 30 April 1916 when the Guggenheims bought their new car 2nd #100 (no name). Disposition unknown.


Collection of Harold Schreibman, Bayside, NY
Used with permission

Comment
Guggenheim interests built the Copper River and Northwestern Railway during early 1900’s in order to connect the copper mines in Kennecott with the port of Cordova, Alaska.

This car is NOT CR&NW #100, the private car of Kennecott’s Stephen D. Birch. That car was sold to the CB&Q in 1940 and renamed Aleutian. Resold in 1966 to Missouri Portland Cement Co., St. Louis, MO as MOCX 1–Accommodator. It was subsequently donated to the Museum of Transportation, St. Louis, MO, where it was restored as the Aleutian and is currently on display.

Additional References
Wagner, 1987, p. 49-50, 83.

 

 

Business Car 1st No. 100, 2nd No. 101 Ely

Built by Pullman 19 February 1889 (plan 630A, lot 1541) for the Savannah, Florida & Western Ry (Plant System) as their #100.

Purchased by the NNRy New York office for $6,000.00 30 June 1906. Wood body, metal underframe, 66' 11 1/2" long, 6 wheel trucks, and wide vestibules Note that the Nevada Northern records measure the car body and don't include the platforms or vestibules.

Renumbered to #101 Ely April 1916 with the purchase of 2nd #100 (see below). Steel side sheathing and steel underframe added 1928.

Sold to the Gulf, Mobile & Ohio May 1947 and became their #10. Sold to North American Car Corp. in 1957 as their Noa. Refurbished and used by the president of NOA for a year long tour of the U.S. Donated to the Illinois Electric Railway Museum (now the Illinois Railway Museum, Union IL) in 1961. The car suffered some water damage to the observation and dining room ceilings from being stored outside for years, but is now stored inside under cover.

According to the IRM, the Ely is 75' 4" long, 9' 11" wide, 14' 6" in height and seats 10. It weighs 143,200 lbs. and is fitted with L-2 brakes and 6-wheel trucks. It is presently lettered for the Nevada Northern with NOA reporting marks and numbered 10.

Frank Hicks offers that it is more important in the IRM's history than many may realize. It was the first permanently acquired piece of steam-road equipment by the IRM that up until that time had collected only electric cars. "But, when one of the oldest and most beautiful business cars in existence is offered to you, you don't just turn it down!" Forty years later the IRM has the largest collection of preserved railway equipment in North America -- most of it steam-road. The Ely was the first.

Comment
As the 1st #100 it was the presidents car and was based on the east coast until the purchase of new, all steel 2nd #100.

As 2nd #101 Ely this car was used by G.L Hickey of East Ely, vice president and general manager of the NNRy. Hickey served as general manager during the same time frame as D.C. Jackling's tenure as an executive of the NNRy (see entry for the Cyprus). Mr. Hickey was highly respected and rather a legend in his own time; at Ruth, the ore delivery service was referred to as the "Hickey Pacific".

Additional References
Allen, p. 23.
Baksic, 18 July 2000.
Beebe, 1959, pp. 166-167 (photos), 250-251 (photos), 373.
Beebe, 1961, p. 358.
Bianchi, p. 31.
Cotts, 06 Nov 1981 and 01 Dec 1981.
"Construction Progress", June 1971.
Illinois Railway Museum, 1998.
Nevada Northern Railway Book Committee, p. 32 (photo).

 

The Ely Photo Gallery

contributed by Mike Baksic


Plan of 2nd No.101 Ely as GM&O Officer Car No. 10.
Drawing courtesy of Mike Baksic, Superintendent of Passenger Cars,
Illinois Railway Museum

 

 

Business Car 2nd No. 100

Purchased new from Pullman (plan 2895, lot 4378) for $26,039.80 in 1916. Builder’s photos dated 05 April 1916.

This all metal car, 73’ 6" long, was for the use of Solomon R Guggenheim, President of the NNRy; it's home was on the east coast in Hackensack, NJ.

It was retired and sold to the Delaware Lakawanna & Western in 1935 and. renamed Anthracite. Its name was changed sometime before 07 August 1937 to Scranton. Reassigned No. 3 sometime between March 1947 and January 1951. Again renumbered to No. 97 by January 1954, and assigned to the General Superintendent. It was finally relettered to Erie-Lackawanna No. 97 in late 1960 / early 1961.

Sold to Long Island Rail Road September 1962. Repainted and classified as Parlor - Lounge - Observation #2038 Setauket in May 1963. In service as a 30 seat Lounge observation car from June 1963 until September 1968. It was reclassified as a Business Car and renumbered to #W-99 in 1970 and to 2nd #99, 2nd Jamaica in 1971 and transferred to the Maintenance of Equipment Section. Last used c1975 and retired on 11 July 1978.

Sold to the Long Island-Sunrise Trail Chapter NRHS on 14 July 1978 and shipped to the Black River & Western Railroad, Ringoes, NJ.

Sold to current owner Porter C. Collins in 1983: to Winchester & Western Railroad (VA) 1983; to West Jersey Railroad (Salem, NJ) 1991; to Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (Cleveland, OH) 1994; to Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway (Brewster, OH) 1996; to Ohi-Rail (Minerva, OH) 1997. Currently operational.

Comment
As the Setauket in the 1960's it operated in regular service as an observation-lounge car on the "Cannon Ball" which was a parlor-only train that ran on Thursdays and Fridays from Jamaica to Montauk. During this era, it was painted dark gray with a light blue window band.

When later used as a business car it was painted a very light gray with a dark blue window band.

The Capital Retirement Authorization Request mentions its conversion at the LIRR into the President’s business car and subsequent use for instructional purposes.

Additional References
Allen, p. 21, 23.
Beebe, 1961, p. 358.
Bryant, 1968.
Collins, 23 April 2000.
Cotts, 06 Nov 1981 and 01 Dec 1981.
Cotts, 06 May 2001.
Elwood, March 1998.
Elwood, April 1998.
Hoskins, 25 March 2000.
Twinforks, 27 March 2000.
Versaggi, 26 March 2000.

See Jack Deasy's "Long Island Rail Road Heavyweight Parlor Cars" Web site (No. 99 Jamaica & No. 2038 Setauket) and additional photos.


Several inaccuracies have been published about this car.

1. It is not Nevada Northern No. 300 as reported on page 378 of Beebe's Mansions on Rails. This is likely a conflation with ACL No. 300 that was built to the same plan some six years earlier.

2. It is not Nevada Northern No. 97 as reported in the May 1968 Trains' article "Parlor Car East". This is apparently confusion with its identification as DL&W No. 97 during the 1950's.

3. It was not built by American Car & Foundry in 1912 as reported in a roster prepared by the Long Island-Sunrise Trail Chapter of the NRHS. That is the origin of LIRR 1st Jamaica. Nevada Northern No. 100 (2nd) was LIRR 2nd Jamaica for a period during the 1970's.

 

Plan of Solomon Guggenheim's private car No. 100 (2nd).
Courtesy of the East Ely Railroad Depot Museum.

 

 

Business Car 3rd No. 100, 2nd Cyprus

Built by Pullman (plan 2807, lot 4241). Consigned to Daniel C. Jackling 09 October 1913. Builders' photos dated 30 April 1914.

Purchased by the NN in December 1935 and owned jointly by NN (40%), Bingham & Garfield Ry. (40%), and Ray & Gila Valley RR (20%). Used as the private car of copper mogul D.C. Jackling of San Francisco, who was president of all three railroads in 1935.

 

Cyprus II, Oakland, CA, 28 Jan 1939
W.C. Whittaker negative, Arnold Menke collection
Used with permission

 

Daniel Jackling bought this car new probably through one of the Guggenheim companies. This car was the 2nd Cyprus as Jackling had a previous car with the same name. The 2nd Cyprus was a little unusual; it had steam heat and stoves, electric lights and gas lamps.

Sold to the U.S. Army for $29,500.00 in April 1943 for use as a "hospital car". It was stripped at East Ely and rumored to have been shipped overseas, perhaps to North Africa.

In reality, it never went to North Africa or anyplace overseas. It was one of 38 existing cars converted to ward-dressing cars during World War II for domestic service. American Car & Foundry accomplished the conversion of the former 2nd Cyprus into ward-dressing car USA 89033 at their St. Charles, MO facilities. It was scheduled for delivery to the Army on 03 December 1943 and for subsequent shipment to the New York Port of Embarkation. Official Army records indicates an additional $24,462 was spent on the conversion plus $4,581.65 to add a kitchenette for a total cost of $58,543.65. It was further modified (again by ACF) later in the war by removing two tiers of bunks for the installation of a buffet kitchen.

In 1946 all of the converted ward cars and ward-dressing cars were completely gutted and refitted to serve as mortuary cars. Windows were covered with sheet steel, special locks installed in all doors, and all were fit with racks for caskets and a full-length overhead I-beam with a rolling chain hoist.

USA 89033 was one of 26 former ward-dressing cars still on the Army roster in the mortuary configuration and available for service in 1950 at the outbreak of the Korean War. That is the last definite information available on the former 2nd Cyprus. A few of these cars were used on various military posts for local purposes, including the Army Transportation Center (Ft. Eustis, VA) and the Crane Naval Weapons Station (Crane, IN). Most have been sold and cut up for scrap. But there is always a chance it is sitting on a forgotten siding on some Army post.

Disposition unknown.

Comment
On the letterboard near the door end of the car it had the initials R&GV designating the Ray & Gila Valley Railroad in southern Arizona belonging to the Ray Consolidated Copper Co. (another KCC company). The letterboard near the platform end of the car had B&G designating Utah Copper's Bingham & Garfield Railway. "Nevada Northern" was centered on the nameplate.

This car would be set out at Goshute with the 2nd #101 Ely and they would all go hunting in the Ruby's.

The gas lamps from the Cyprus were stored at McGill. Occasionally a request would be received to clean one and ship it to a Kennecott Executive. Also, there is a stool or swivel chair from the Cyprus used in Caboose #5 (2nd).

Additional References
Allen, pp. 13 (photo), 23.
Beebe, 1959, pp. 116, 347 (photo), 378.
Beebe, 1961, p. 358.
Cotts, 06 Nov 1981 and 01 Dec 1981.
Foster, 27 April 2000, personal correspondence.
Foster, 09 May 2000, personal correspondence.
Myrick, 1992, p. 126 (photo).
Nevada Northern Railway Book Committee, p. 138 (photos).
Sellers, 30 March 2000.

 

 

 

It is uncertain whether this cigarette box was part of Cyprus II or Jackling's first private car of the same name.

Wooden cigarette box with the trademark Kennecott ankh symbol
Cyprus cigarette box
"Made for Private Car Cyprus" on the lid interior
Open view of Cyprus cigarette box
 
Copyright © 2002
Kevin R. Johnson;
used with permission

 

 

 

 

 

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