Bonanza, Leadville, San Juan - Page 2
We don’t know which of the lines coaches #177 and #179 were used on. By this time, the boundaries between the DSP&P and the UPD&G had become thoroughly blurred (if, indeed, they had ever been clear since the U.P. incursion of 1884). In 1899 the Colorado & Southern renumbered #177 to #146 and #179 to #148.
In May of 1906 (apparently before the C&S renumbering), three ex-Pullmans (now UPD&G coaches) #146 (former Bonanza), #147 (former Utah & Northern Rambler) and #148 (former Leadville) were delivered to the Pullman shops at Denver to be rebuilt as combination coach-RPO cars. On July 14, they were returned as combination coach-RPO cars #116-118, and almost immediately renumbered #41-43. Cost of the conversions ranged from $2,285 to $2,402.
It was likely during this rebuild that coach-mail cars #41 and #43 were equipped with Spear Anti-Clinker Heaters. These were an arrangement somewhat like the more modern convection furnace. They were two of only five cars to have this device, the others being coach-mail cars #40 and #42, and coach #77.
These cars were probably used for RPO service only until 1912, for in that year the Post Office Department created standards for mail cars, and baggage-mail cars #10-13 were rebuilt with the new standard 15' mail compartment.
Oddly enough—not that it makes much difference—authorities disagree on just when coach-RPO car #41 (former Bonanza) was dismantled. Wagner’s roster says October 1928, and Martin, writing in Poole, follows this. Ferrell says March 1929, while Poor says May 1929. Perhaps #41 was retired October 1928 and dismantled in March or May of the following year. To add to the confusion, a photo at Kindig-264 is captioned “combination car 41, standing on the ground … one-time station on this (Silica) branch,” but at p. 338 it says mail-coach #42 was dismantled 1939, body sold and now (1959) at end of Silica Branch.
C&S coach-RPO #43 (former Leadville) was dismantled April 1939 and the body sold.
13 April 2006