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PC: Yes, cabin cars on 'passenger' trains---documentation

Because by the end of the 1960s much 'passenger' service was hauling mail. A pair of E7s, 1 baggage car, 3 coaches and twelve mail cars would not be unusual. The cab would be needed to for pick-up and set-off moves for the mail cars.
Or so I would surmise.
Page 104 of Pennsy Diesel Years V. 3 shows a NH cab that made it all the way to Columbus, Oh., as a "rider car on a mail train".
Page 114 of the same book shows a Pennsylvania Ltd. made up of "three Es, four baggage cars of mail and express, two coaches, twelve more cars of mail and express, rider cabin car #4723 {four digit number}, and still another car of mail."
This was in 1970 (the caption says Amtrak was a year away), so it was a PC train. I don't know if PRR pioneered this, or if PC originated it. But there it is, documented and with photo evidence.
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Sent: Saturday, September 25, 2004 10:25 PM
Subject: Re: PC: RE: Re: RE: Re: PC pass. green cabin

OK, I give - why would a caboose be assigned to passenger service?


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