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Date: 05/26/23 05:18
RBBX 40012, my 15th car
Author: needles_sub

!5th car of my red unit Ringling Bros, circus train. Model was recycled from a Walthers 44 chair coach.






Date: 05/28/23 20:19
Re: RBBX 40012, my 15th car
Author: rbx551985

I plan to add the full heritage/history of prototype RBBX 40012 upon the opening of public libraries the day after Memorial Day -- when I'll have access to my flash drive to retrieve the information.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/28/23 20:20 by rbx551985.



Date: 05/30/23 06:25
Re: RBBX 40012, my 15th car
Author: rbx551985

RBBX 40012Original Reporting MarksUP Alpine Scene (no original number)
Built in 1954 by ACF (American Car & Foundry) – Lot #3816; Pullman Plan 9017
Ordered 5/51; Delivered 12/54 – as a 14-Section Sleeper
Later rebuilt – as a 44-seat Coach (some Amtrak records show U.P. rebuild/numbering occurred during 1955)
ACF Book – Reference Section 3131 (Streamliner Cars Vol. III, ACF – Other Builders, by W. David Randall)
 Ringling Bros.’ ownership data:  Acquired in 1987 from Providence & Worcester RR.
Late 1980s RBBB I.D. Tag H0022
1954-1964: UP Alpine Scene - Union Pacific RR
1965-1972: UP 5554 (was given # by Union Pacific) Union Pacific RR
1973-19??AMTK 4594 To Amtrak Florida service, July 1977
19??-1987: P&W 4594 Providence & Worcester RR
1987 - SOLD to RBBB; March 1987; sent to VENICE, FL Winter Quarters - RECYCLE
1988-1990: RBX 40 RED UNIT Circus
1991-1994: RBX 56 RED UNIT Circus
1995-1996: RBBX 40012 (39) RED UNIT
1997-1998: RBBX 40012 (8) RED UNIT
1999 - RBBX 40012 PALMETTO Shops  - Stored
2000 - RBBX 40012 PALMETTO Shops  - RECYCLE
2001-2006: RBBX 40012 (54) RED UNIT
2007-2012: RBBX 40012 (33) RED UNIT
2013-2017: RBBX 40012 (32) RED UNITCar Body Type:  (AL) Aluminum Body; carbon steel underframe
Brake Valve Type:  ABDXL
LAST Recycle Date:  11/16/2000 

NOTES:  2007 - 11 roomsEquipment characteristics of RBBX 40012: AAR car type M530 (M-O-W, Scale, Passenger, Caboose, and End-of-train information systems), plate type B, tare weight 143,000 pounds, total gross weight allowed 220,000 pounds, load limit 77,000 pounds, external dimensions (length 85' 6", width 10' 6", height 14' 0"). [Courtesy of [i]BNSF Equipment Characteristics[/i], October 1999]
Railcar fleet details for RBBX 40012: Maintenance of Way, Scale, Passenger, Caboose and End-of-Train, Mechanical Designation: PS; Outside Length: 85 ft 6 in; AAR Car Type Code: M530; Outside Extreme Width: 10 ft 6 in; Outside Extreme Height: 14 ft 0 in; Height of Extreme Width: 7 ft 2 in; Plate Clearance: B; Draft Gear: 5; Tare Weight: 143,000 lbs. [Courtesy of [i]CSXT Railcar Fleet Details[/i], November 1999]

NOTE that there is a missing part of this car's history: when did P&W get this car from Amtrak?  (---that 1970's to 1980's transition is missing from the records)



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