Monday, May 30, 2005

Color Coordinated Cars

From: "Larry Mullaly" lmullaly@jeffnet.org

The San Jose Mercury for 4-11-73 contains the following item:

"Booth shipped to the East, by Monday’s express train, a car-load of salmon and vegetables. The car in which the shipment was made was one of those recently altered and provided with patent platforms, buffers, etc., and pointed so as to conform in color to the appearance of the passenger cars."

Both the type of car and the color scheme raises questions in my mind. I assume that the cars from San Jose were switched into an eastbound Overland train at Niles. Any insights would be appreciated.

Larry Mullaly