1953 Meteor Consist

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  1. gstout

    gstout Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Don't know where else to post this, but might be of interest. From Bill Pollard on consist group.


    From conductor book of Frisco conductor Hazen (Pullman conductor Taylor), departing Monett at 1:00am 5-19-1953, arriving St. Louis at 7:56am after doubling over into two tracks at St. Louis Union Station. All cars Frisco (or Pullman) unless otherwise noted. Compared to Frisco's later years, the heavy Pullman traffic into the 1950s is remarkable.

    Bill Pollard

    Frisco Train #10, the Meteor
    2004-2002 locomotives
    437 baggage
    252 baggage-RPO
    1095 dorm
    1652 coach-buffet lounge
    1257 chair car
    Poplar Valley 6DB-6 section car 105 Oklahoma City to St. Louis
    Gasconade River 14rmt-4DBR car 104 OKC to STL
    P.G.T. Beauregard 8sec-1DR-2Cpt car 103 OKC to STL
    James River 14rmt-4DBR car 102 Tulsa to STL
    Rathaus Tower 8sec-3DBR-1DR car 101 Tulsa to STL
    Elm Ridge 12rmt-2Single Rooms-3DBR car 330 (Pullman pool-extra service)
    listed as McGuire car 321; no such Pullman name, presumed to be 12sec-1DR car from Mc--- series (Pullman pool-extra service)
    Villa Peerless 10sec-3DBR car 109 Joplin-St Louis (Joplin to Monett train 304)
    Norwich University 12sec-2DBR car 107 Fort Smith-St Louis (Fort Smith to Monett train 704)
    1550 diner-lounge
  2. (y) Great find !
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  3. gstout

    gstout Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Fans will note that this train would not have looked like the original train (lots of heavyweight cars). I doubt whether either the original METEOR or the original TXSP retained their original appearance for more than a month or so, if that.

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  4. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

    The lightweight train sets and EA-7’s had electro-pneumatic brakes which allowed nearly instantaneous sets and releases. Trains could run right up to speed restrictions, and then quickly return to maximum speed limit. The addition of heavyweight equipment to the consist rendered this feature useless.

    When the Frisco rebuilt the EA-7’s, the shop forces disabled the electro-pneumatic brakes and re-geared units to match the E-8’s
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  5. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    That is a goodly amount of sleepers. I don't think that I would have guessed there'd be that many even in 1953. Thanks very much for sharing, Greg. I am going to copy a link to this in the "Operations" section as well.

    Best Regards,
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