Railroad Passenger and Baggage Cars

St Louis 1955 Chicago & North Western 1
St Louis 1955
Chicago & North Western 1
Description:Bi-level Commuter Coach

Equipment Information

C&NW 1 is a bi-level coach designed for commuter service out of Chicago. It is known as a “gallery car” because the upper level is divided, with a gap (or “gallery”) down the middle of the car to enable the conductor to collect fares from both levels from the main or lower level. This car was the first bi-level coach constructed for the C&NW.

COMPARE ME WITH: C&NW 7700, a single-level commuter combine built a quarter of a century earlier. Bi-level cars like car 1 replaced older single-level cars like 7700. The older car has much fewer seats and lacks modern features on car 1 like automatic doors and air-conditioning.

Builder: St. Louis Car Company
Year Built: 1955
Seats: 169
Length: 85ft
Width: 10ft 6in
Height: 15ft 10in
Weight: 124000 lbs
Brakes: 26C
Trucks: CA1
Description: ex NIRC 7600 / lettered CNW 6 / First CNW Gallery Car
Arrived: 1998
Condition: Complete / cosmetically restored (as CNW 6) / operational

Read more about the history of this car in Rail & Wire #169

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