otp: 1145


D&RGW 1145 Silver Sky by Chuck Zeiler
Via Flickr:
Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad 1145, named SILVER SKY, at Aurora, Illinois on November 1, 1965, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. This car was built in 1948, Budd Job 9659-020, order placed in October 1945, delivered in December 1948, and is seen here bringing up the rear of Train # 18, the eastbound California Zephyr, pausing for a station stop at Aurora. The following is from internet search which took me to trainweb.org (narrative courtesy Jon Clark).: D&RGW 1145 - “Silver Sky”, sleeper-observation, remodeled 1974 - bedrooms removed, Equus Farms/Ansco Investments (11/87) (800711), VIA 15519 “Jasper Park” (not applied) (12/87) in a deal that brought ex CN/VIA “Tempo” coaches for Ski Train use - stored “inactive” in Montreal (2000) - sold late 2003/early 2004 to Bill Harman. Moved to storage in Saginaw Michigan for eventual charter use. Unfortunately, this car has suffered a tragic fate that has befallen two (so far) of it’s sisters. When VIA acquired the car, they completely stripped it inside and out for a complete rebuild and conversion back to a dome sleeper obs (Rio Grande had removed bedrooms B, C, and D for conversion to additional lounge space and Room A became a large restroom). The skirts were removed and VIA started adding walls where the bedrooms were going to be. The idea was to make it match the “Park” cars as close as possible. Well, as usual, the political winds shifted and VIA experienced budget cuts. Since they were going to be running less trains, they didn’t need as many dome obs cars, so the car was shoved outside where it filled up with snow. (The windows were a long way from being reinstalled). So it sat, a semi-gutted shell, in Montreal, along with other completely gutted ex-US domes like Silver Patio.

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Let’s just say that the coats we wear are a sort of…insurance. Also, I don’t make it a habit to repeat the failures of others–Sora made quick work of a certain plan similar to the one you suggest. Better to use him to collect hearts without his knowledge than to directly antagonize him.