1950 Meteor Consist...

Discussion in 'Passenger Operations' started by TAG1014, May 10, 2013.

  1. TAG1014

    TAG1014 Frisco.org Supporter Frisco.org Supporter

    Here is a Meteor consist taken from an aerial photo in a January 1950 "Trains" magazine article. The train was westbound in Creek County Oklahoma (Between Tulsa and Oklahoma City).

    --Single E-7 diesel (In original Meteor silver sides scheme)
    --LW RPO-Baggage
    --HW Baggage (In red and silver scheme)
    --LW Chair-Dorm
    --LW Chair Car
    --LW Chair-Buffet-Lounge
    --LW 14-4 Sleeper (St. Louis-Oklahoma City sleeper line)
    --LW B&O 14-4 Sleeper (Jersey City-Oklahoma City sleeper line)
    --LW Diner-Lounge-Observation.

    Tom G.
     
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  2. Sirfoldalot

    Sirfoldalot Frisco.org Supporter Frisco.org Supporter

    1950's mag photo. Very nice find, Tom.
    Thanks for the info.
     
  3. TAG1014

    TAG1014 Frisco.org Supporter Frisco.org Supporter

    I've come to find out, that for a short period of time, the two unit Meteor diesel lash-up was splt at Monett and one unit went to Tulsa and Oklahoma City and the other pulled the Fort Smith connection of the Meteor. They did that for a while until the Oklahoma section got too heavy for one unit. There's a later Preston George photo in Collias' Frisco Power with the Meteor down in Oklahoma also with only one unit. The engine in that photo is one of the newer E-8's. It's a really neat picture and a "Pike-Size Passenger Train" of seven or eight cars.

    TG
     
  4. Sirfoldalot

    Sirfoldalot Frisco.org Supporter Frisco.org Supporter

    That's very interesting ... Splitting the head end power meant that they must have had to turn the locomotives at each end and in between?
     
  5. TAG1014

    TAG1014 Frisco.org Supporter Frisco.org Supporter

    I never have figured out how they were turned at Monett?? Turntable? Wye? BTW, there's also a photo (I believe posted here on the chat board, not sure??) of the Fort Smith section with five or so cars and a single Meteor engine (with fluted sides) heading the train. An interseting operation. But if the Oklahoma section was bigger than seven or eight cars, it wouldn't work any more.

    TG

    Edit: See this thread: http://www.frisco.org/vb/showthread...-passenger-trains&highlight=meteor+fort+smith
     
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  6. Oldguy

    Oldguy Member Frisco.org Supporter

    I guess they could be turned using the turntable. I don't know if the wye existed when the TT was in use.
     
  7. tmfrisco

    tmfrisco Member Frisco.org Supporter

    There was a wye at the west end of Monett with east connection off the Ft. Smith line into Monett, and west connection off the Ft Smith line on to the Cherokee Sub. I am certainly speculating, but I assume that this wye was in place during the time when Monett had the turntable. It would have been easier to turn any passenger engine on this wye than going back through the yard to the turntable location which was south of the main and east of the depot.

    Terry Jankowski
     
  8. TAG1014

    TAG1014 Frisco.org Supporter Frisco.org Supporter

    The wye sounds like it was the logical solution.

    Tom G.
     

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