Coach #7 - Page 2
|(4) Side view of C&S combination baggage-coach #28.|
|(5) Original decoration has been preserved. Note the "28" painted over the ampersand in D,SP&PRR.|
|(6) Interior of C&S #28. Beautiful woodwork, lovingly restored!|
The history presented above represents the best contemporary research, but it does not agree with any of the published Colorado & Southern rosters.
All published C&S rosters agree that there was a coach-baggage car numbered #129, and that this car was renumbered #28 in 1906 (or 1911). They also agree on the disposition of this car. The rosters in Ferrell/C&S, Kindig and Poole go no further, as their interest is limited to the C&S. The roster in Wagner (earliest of the four) attempts to connect the C&S numbers with their predecessors, but with mixed success. (Perhaps the others took a cue from his lack of success and limited their objectives accordingly.)
Wagner says baggage-mail #113 (DL&G baggage-mail-express #1300) was converted to coach-baggage #129 in 1902. He agrees with everyone else that coach-baggage #129 was renumbered #28 in 1906. He also says C&S coach #154 was off the roster by 1904, without comment as to where it went. Neither Ferrell/C&S, Kindig nor Poole, make any mention of a coach #154, although all contain #153 and #155.
Ken Martin—who wrote the passenger car narrative for Poole —
Agrees baggage-mail-express #113 was the former DL&G baggage-mail-express #1300.
Sees the conversion of a baggage-mail-express car (#113) to a coach-baggage car (#129) as an unprecedented conversion. The truss-work in the sides of the baggage-mail-express car would have to be completely rebuilt to make way for the windows.
Believes baggage-mail-express #113 was converted to a plain baggage car about 1902 when baggage car #103 was destroyed. Instead of replacing #103 on the roster, the C&S converted #113 to a plain baggage car and assigned it the next open number, which was #105. (See arguments and chart on Baggage-mail-express #42 page.)
Thinks the reason coach #154 disappeared from the roster in 1906 was that it had been converted to a coach-baggage car and became #129, which was later renumbered #28, as everyone agrees.
|5.||Has seen the decoration shown in photo #4 up close and believes he sees a stylized #7 at the bottom, below where the #28 has been painted over the ampersand in “D,SP&P.”|
We consider Ken’s arguments well-reasoned and persuasive (at least until someone presents better ones).