Officer Car #050
Besides the triple windows at each end, the thing that was distinctive about officer car #050 was its Baker Heater, which necessitates a “circulating drum” on the roof of the car. This was a reservoir for the water that circulated the heat from the car’s furnace. Initially, we thought this was the boxy apparatus next to the smoke pipe in photo #1 above. So we drew the elevation below, even though that location did not agree with the location in the floor plan, which is based on the one in the 1885 renumbering list in Ehernberger/UP-55. This would place the heater’s furnace smack in the middle of the washroom.
Key to floor plan: B = Baker Heater, C =
Closets, I = Icebox,
Discovery of photo #2 seemed to solve the problem, since the two smokestacks would be in approximately the right place for the Baker heater. Not only that, but the ventilator to their right appears to be in just about the right spot for the washroom. If we imagine we are now looking at the “original” side of the car, the smoke pipe would be in the corner of the office room: a very possible location for a stove. But why another stove, when the whole point of the Baker heater is to have circulating hot water heat? Then the next question, why two smokestacks, and where is the reservoir for the Baker heater? There could well be two smokestacks if one was for heating and the other for cooking, since this is, after all, the kitchen area. But then where's the reservoir for the heater?
There is a floor plan of the later car in Barger/UP, but it is too different to be of any help. So where do we go from here?
Our best explanation for the two photos on the prior page is that photo #1 represents the car as built, while photo #2 represents the car as rebuilt for service on the U.P. And that the rebuild was done not in 1886, but about the middle of 1885, so that the floor plan given in the renumbering list represents the rebuilt floor plan rather than the original floor plan. No one is quite sure of the date #050 was hijacked by the U.P.