The Mystery Cars
In 1889, when the DSP&P became the Denver Leadville & Gunnison, the U.P. numbers were apparently retained. We base this statement on experience, as there is no documentary evidence. [No? Then where did Pitchard get his numbers?]
In 1892/93, when the DL&G converted its coaches #57 and #58 (former DSP&P coaches #9 and #10) to combination coach-baggage cars, it assigned them #707 and #708. Why did it skip #706 and #707? It was almost certainly because it already had two cars with those numbers.
In 1899, the Colorado & Southern assigned new numbers all around, according to its own scheme of things, and in 1906 it renumbered everything again. We have records of this renumbering, so anything that survived to 1906 can be accounted for. If DL&G #706 and #707 survived to 1906, we could probably place them. But apparently they did not.
Since the above may be hard to follow, here’s a picture:
To add to the mystery, we present the following photo of a combination coach-baggage car on the Denver Leadville & Gunnison during the 1890s that we cannot match with any known car on the DL&G, or the UPD&G for that matter.
This “mystery” coach-baggage car has 7 decidedly square double pane windows with wide window posts. The windows have a belt-rail beneath and a moderately-wide letterboard above, with drooping platform eaves. The clerestory windows are paired, not matching the windows. The square-topped baggage door extends about half-way through the letterboard and it is spaced more-or-less in the center of the baggage compartment. The stoves appear to be in opposite corners of the car, and the stovepipe we can see is not of a typical type. The color appears to be either white or light yellow. It sure glares in the sunlight! (Coach #56 is almost certainly “Pullman” green.
Was this coach-baggage car one of the two “mystery cars?” Or was it something from off-line brought in for this particular excursion? Would like to hear what YOU think! Send us an e-mail.