Passenger Cars of the Colorado Central

Coach-baggage #6

CCRR U.P. 1885 UPD&G 1890/97 C&S 1899 C&S 1906 C&S 1925 Central City 1941
#6 #736 #736/#46 #121 #20 #025 #20

 

CC coach-baggage #5 at Beaver Brook Station, c.1880 (1) Colorado Central coach-baggage #6 at Beaver Brook Station, probably about 1880. Alex Martin photo at Hauck-45(u) and Digerness3-348.

DESCRIPTION

Colorado Central coach-baggage #6 was a bit of a thing, certainly less than 40'-0" overall with end platforms at both ends. It had six double pane windows and a square-topped baggage door that extended up about ĺ of the way into the letterboard. The platform roofs were of the broken duckbill variety with flat eaves, like those on the early CC cars and if the date in Digernessí caption is to be believed, kept them well into the 20th century.

C&S #121 near Midway Tank, 1905 (2) C&S coach-baggage car #121 near Midway Tank about 1905. Note it still has a duckbill roof. Photo at Digerness2-355, Helmers-167(u), Poole-28 and Poor-428. Also at Chappell-140 and Ferrell/C&S-32(d), but they cut off the door.

HISTORY

Coach-baggage car #6 was out-shopped February 1878 by the Colorado Centralís shops at Golden. At 32'-4" over end-sills, it was slightly smaller than coach-baggage #5 (33'-2"), which preceded it, but nevertheless larger than coaches #3 and #4 (30'-9"), built earlier by those same shops.

When the Union Pacific renumbered cars in 1885, coach-baggage #6 became #736, a number it kept when the Union Pacific, Denver & Gulf was organized in 1890. When that road renumbered certain cars in 1897, it was renumbered #46.

When the C&S took over in 1899, coach-baggage #46 became C&S #121.

When the C&S renumbered cars in 1906, coach-baggage #121 became #20.

Coach-baggage #20 was rebuilt in 1915, and lost its baggage-end platform if it hadnít earlier.

On 24 February 1925, coach-baggage #20 was designated a wrecking outfit car and renumbered #025.

After 16 years as an outfit car, #025 was cleaned up, renumbered #20 again, and donated to the Central City Opera House Association, together with locomotive #71 and gondola car #4319. They were hauled up the canyon to Black Hawk 10 April 1941 by locos #69 and #70 (photo at Wagner-61). There they sat for awhile before being trucked to Central City, tracks having been removed in 1931.

C&S #025 begins a new life as #20 at Black Hawk, 1941

(3) C&S #025 resumes life as coach-baggage #20 at Black Hawk 12 April 1941. Soon to be at Central City and beyond the reach of the war effort. Richard Kindig photo at Poole-180.


Weíre fortunate they were tucked away up there well beyond end-of-track, or in the next year or so they would probably have been either scrapped or shipped off to Alaska as part of the war effort. (For those too young to remember, the 2nd World War began at Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941.) The train was parked on the former grade, where it sat more-or-less undisturbed for almost 30 years.

Continued

06 May 2007

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