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Date: 10/07/19 18:35
CalTrain single level cars
Author: photobob

What was wrong with these? They seemed to get the job done.

Robert Morris
Dunsmuir, CA
Robert Morris Photography



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/07/19 18:35 by photobob.




Date: 10/07/19 19:01
Re: CalTrain single level cars
Author: coach

No bike racks, hard seats.

Horse and buggies "got the job done", too...newer equipment is nice.



Date: 10/07/19 19:49
Re: CalTrain single level cars
Author: RuleG

They got the job done then.  However, during the time the photo was taken:
1) SP also ran double deck cars on its commute trains
2) SP wanted to get out of the commuter rail business

Since the 1970s, ridership on the line has soared.  If it wasn't for double-deck cars, CalTrain's operating costs would be higher.

Nice photo, though.



Date: 10/07/19 22:09
Re: CalTrain single level cars
Author: MojaveBill

I imagine the weight of those cars, which I once rode, wasn't very fuel efficient...

Bill Deaver
Mojave, CA



Date: 10/08/19 06:25
Re: CalTrain single level cars
Author: ronald321

The Millennials would probably say they are old fashioned and ugly.  Like, Dude, these things are from my grandfather's era.

The late Joe Boardman told us passenger cars outlive their marketing value, long before they outlive their operating capability.

As a trainfan - I love 'um.



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Date: 10/08/19 07:19
Re: CalTrain single level cars
Author: KA7008

Went out of my way as a youth to ride one on the peninsula - once. 
Never expected within 10 years that I'd take the inaugural GCRY trip in 1989 in a freshly restored one (with plush seats).



Date: 10/08/19 07:28
Re: CalTrain single level cars
Author: FiveChime

Good that many are still around and in service.

Typical nice Phto Bob picture.

Regards, Jim Evans



Date: 10/08/19 11:27
Re: CalTrain single level cars
Author: spider1319

Seemed fine when we rode them.But,Caltrain does a good job too.Thanks for posting,I  enjoyed the look back.Bill Webb



Date: 10/08/19 13:22
Re: CalTrain single level cars
Author: ExStarlightHog

Train 60.  Seems to me this used to be #140 bringing up the rear of the fleet back in SP times.  I always enjoyed running the 3207.  Not sure why, I just was always happy when it was assigned to my train.  Those old "subs" were heavy alright.  With their fricition journals and tread brakes, they didn't accelerate that quickly.  



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Date: 10/08/19 20:32
Re: CalTrain single level cars
Author: jcaestecker

Basic.  They served their purpose.  Any disputes???

-John



Date: 10/08/19 21:42
Re: CalTrain single level cars
Author: srlawton

Also, no air conditioning, etc. 

Don't argue about today's people being soft. There is no argument. 



Date: 10/08/19 21:47
Re: CalTrain single level cars
Author: chakk

And no cab cars with the Harrimans for push-pull operation.



Date: 10/09/19 05:51
Re: CalTrain single level cars
Author: choodude

srlawton Wrote:
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> Also, no air conditioning, etc. 
>
> Don't argue about today's people being soft. There is no argument. 

Yup, I haven't seen a new automobile sold without air conditioning since -- you know what? I can't remember when. 

I have a 1990 YJ Jeep Wrangler without air conditioning.  I don't think it was sold as a daily driver commuter car though.

Brian 



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