Coaches #9 and #10
(1) Coach #9 near Cathedral Rocks
in Platte Canyon with Mason-Bogie #42.
Poor-116(ME) says this is a George E.
Mellon photo taken in the late 1880s.
Digerness1-162/64 says it is a
W.H. Jackson photo taken in 1887. The DPL WHC has a very similar photo from a
slightly different angle. It is their Image
CHS.J3911, and says it was taken in 1880.
Ferrell/SoPk-215 says it is
found credited to both Mellon and Jackson, and dates it to 1886, which is most
likely correct as the locomotive has its 1885 number but the coach clearly does
South Park coach #9 has to be one of the most photographed
railroad cars of all time, as it was used by famous photographer William H.
Jackson as his darkroom on a number of occasions as he recorded the wonders of
the Colorado Rockies to be seen from the railroads of the time. (Notice the
curtains pulled across the windows at the right end in photo #3)
Coach #9 was built as a 15 window coach with highly-arched
single-pane windows. The windows opened down, and the
window sash seems to have had the
same arch to its top as the window frame. It is not likely to ever have had
as it would not have been rebuilt when only five years old, and the photo above clearly shows
tongue-and-groove siding. A decorative
name panel graced the middle of the car, probably with the car number (by
the time this car was built, only Pullman Palace cars received names). The
platform roof appears to have
been of the bullnose
the very beginning, apparently (except perhaps for coach-baggage #8,
for which we have no photos) the first to have that more “modern”
We have to assume that coach #10—built
by the South Park shops at the same time as coach #9, and recorded with the same
length, capacity, and wheel size on the 1885 renumbering list—was its
twin. (The only recorded difference was that
#9 was heated by stoves while #10 was heated by stove and “furnace.”)
That they were virtually
indistinguishable appears to be the best explanation for the lack of any
identifiable photos of #10: quite possibly some of the photos we identify as #9
were actually #10.
Click pic to see why we can't blow it up any further. Photo by
William Henry Jackson, taken at Stony Point in Clear Creek Canyon on
the Colorado Central. It can be found at
(quite small). Hauck has both the distant photo and the
blow-up of the car.