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This is the promised baggage car from the auxiliary train I posted a short while back. Checking my 1989 CTG, it is reported to have been built in 1950 by NSC. Here, 38 years later, it is looking immaculate. I don't know when it was converted to Aux. Gen/Comm car 57958, it was obviously enjoying life in its new role, as it is very well cared for (nice yellow trim). Checking my other posted photo and the roof line in this picture, that seems to be the diesel with generator at this end (flapper on exhaust). The other various vents and chimneys??? All the equipment, minus a coach, is on the way back home to Calder yard. Photo taken south of Gibbons at 9:15.
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Caption: This is the promised baggage car from the auxiliary train I posted a short while back. Checking my 1989 CTG, it is reported to have been built in 1950 by NSC. Here, 38 years later, it is looking immaculate. I don't know when it was converted to Aux. Gen/Comm car 57958, it was obviously enjoying life in its new role, as it is very well cared for (nice yellow trim). Checking my other posted photo and the roof line in this picture, that seems to be the diesel with generator at this end (flapper on exhaust). The other various vents and chimneys??? All the equipment, minus a coach, is on the way back home to Calder yard. Photo taken south of Gibbons at 9:15.

Photographer:
Seth B. [142] (more) (contact)
Date: 07/21/1988 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 57958 (search)
Train Symbol: Edmonton Aux. (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Coronado Sub. (search)
City/Town: Gibbons (search)
Province: Alberta (search)
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4 Comments
  1. Excellent, it looks very similar to a car that was assigned to the aux train in Moncton.

  2. Thanks Jeremy. Even the trucks appear to be painted black. Nice smooth ride too, I would think.

  3. That’s a fabulous photo! Here’s that same CN 57958 at Kamloops, BC 14 1/2 years later on January 16, 2003 after being chopped down to create a combination boom idler cabin car.
    http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=19735
    The years and modifications have taken their toll on the once immaculate looking car in your above shot.
    I don’t know when the modifications to the car were first made, but I have photos as early as June 1997 in this chopped configuration.

  4. Thanks guys. Makes for an interesting history. Start life as a baggage, then into Aux. train service, to ultimately be paired with the “Big Hook”. What more could any passenger car hope for. :-)
    Interesting that it stayed the same number after becoming an idler. CN seems to like to re-number when equipment is modified.

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