Springfield Depot and "Texas Special" Cars

Discussion in 'Passenger Operations' started by yardmaster, Jun 24, 2018.

  1. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Folks-
    Rather than post to the comments section of The Frisco Archive, I thought I would start a thread here in the hopes that it willll lead to some interesting operational discussion.

    Note the following photo of Lightweight Chair Car 1250, or "Ollivette," if you prefer:

    http://frisco.org/mainline/2018/06/24/chair-car-1250-texas-special/

    My curiosity is piqued by how it is standing alone at the platform. Would it have been either picked up or set out at Springfield? Perhaps there's another reason.

    As an aside, I have always thought that the Springfield depot would make a fascinating, passenger operations-centric layout by itself.

    Looking forward to hearing good sound facts or well-founded theories.
     
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  2. TAG1014

    TAG1014 Frisco.org Supporter Frisco.org Supporter

    I would think that "Olivette" was a spare to be added to the consist of trs. 1 or 2 if it was needed for overflow or if another car had a breakdown. OR it might have been set out at Springfield if it wasn't needed.

    Tom G.
     
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  3. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Thanks, Tom - had a hunch that you might have some ideas or theories. :) Your "Meteor" article a while back, and its accompanying schematic of the depot trackage and track assignments sure add to the itch to model the depot by itself, and even have a little freight switching between the power plant and lumber yard spurs just east of the depot itself.
     
  4. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

    During March 10-11, 1948, the Frisco ran a PR/Demo train between Springfield and OKC with the EA-7's and some of the on-hand Meteor cars. The debut of the new Meteor occurred during May 14, and the Texas Special debut occurred during May 16. If the April 12, 1948 date is accurate on the Archive photo, then I would opine that the Olivette's paint is hardly dry, and the car is on display for the public to see.
     
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  5. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    That would explain a lot-thanks, Karl. I've seen the unusual daylight photos of the EA-7s with fully streamlined Meteor consist at Newburg. The same PR run?

    I still wonder what kind of shock to one's system it would have been to see flashy silver and red cars after years of either Pullman Green or Zephyr Blue.
     
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  6. TAG1014

    TAG1014 Frisco.org Supporter Frisco.org Supporter

    All those little details and MANY more are contained in the 2015 TRRA "book-a-zine" all about the Frisco's Meteor. If you don't have one, hopefully you can find a copy. This book is loaded with Frisco and Meteor info.

    Tom G.
     
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