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Algoma Central Rolling Stock

In 1904, rolling stock included 200, 50-ton ore cars, 441 flat cars (over 300 were 40 ton), 26 box cars, and 103 wood rack gondolas for chips and charcoal.

In 1928, 100 new box cars were added at a cost of $2,723 each.

In 1947, 350 70-ton gondolas were bought from National Steel Car for steel and pulpwood traffic.

This is of course not the complete roster of freight equipment. In addition, much second-hand passenger equipment was acquired over the years and ancient equipment was utilized in work train service for decades.

Freight Equipment

8017 bathtub hopper. Paul McGrane collection.

8414 hopper car. Sault Ste.Marie 7/5/1997 Geneva May Short


1517 woodchip car.
Blt. NSC March 1981

6003 hopper car
(ex ON)
Soo, June 3, 1980

8001 Bathtub hopper for limestone service Michipicoten harbour to Wawa.
NSC '71, June 1971

8446 hopper
NSC 1972
Soo, June 3, 1980

Cabooses

Wisconsin Central (ex Green Bay & Western) bay window caboose 116 International Car 1966
Sault Ste.Marie 7/5/1997 Geneva May Short

9512 Sault Ste.Marie 8/27/1950 Bud Laws Collection

 


9502 steel underframe wooden caboose


9504 steel underframe
Soo, July 7, 1975


9601 CN-PSC 1976 one of six built new.
Soo, Dec. 1977 W.Kirchmeir

 

Work Equipment

10665 maintenance of way work car downgraded from 9500 series caboose.
. Note the blanked out cupola windows. Sault Ste.Marie July 1977 Wolf Kirchmeir



Motor 506 with telephone repair gang at Brient.


Pontiac station wagon being turned on built-in turntable.
Men are just horsing around! 1957.

Chasing a black bear!
In Pontiac near Frater Mile 103. 1957

 

10059 generator and supply car. 1986 Ex Baggage 208 Ex Ortner 10 AC&F 1928
Sault Ste.Marie 7/5/1997 Geneva May Short

10655 water tank car. Sault Ste.Marie 7/5/1997 Geneva May Short

Road repair car. See also below.


Motor 521, Pontiac, at Ojidaki Mile 48.
Summer 1964

64 work tender used to fill water barrels on bridges.
Soo, July 7, 1975

Work train on Helen Mine Sub. Lower track is Michipicoten Sub.

Work train at M.132 cleaning ditches with spreader 10476. 1963.

10053 road repair car
(ex 412 coach)
Soo, July 5, 1975
Repainted silver.

 


10120 flanger (Pullman green, gold lettering) 1956
colour 1973


10212 crane and work train extending station platform at Canyon,
Mile 114, June 1962


10215 Brownhoist crane and 10587 boom car.
Soo, July 4, 1975


10220 "Big Hook"
75 ton Bay City 1912
Soo, July 5, 1975

10651 maintenance of way sleep car
Soo, July 5, 1975

10660 m.of way sleep car (ex coach 410)
Soo, July 5, 1975

2902 work service 40' steel box car (ex ONR)
Soo, May 10, 1981

Passenger Equipment

Consist of train in August of 1977 starts off with .....
205 express and baggage car in dire need of a paint job!

211 stainless steel Express and Baggage car is next .......

.... followed by coach 443 in former Illinois Central paint scheme.

Identical coach 442 is next.

511 brings up the markers.

Five photos Wolf Kirchmeir.


 

AC 78 HEP car (ex DRGW 253) enroute to the Sault. Last used on the Ski Train in Colorado
it had once been a steam generator car loosing its original A-1-A trucks for standard GM
ones (unpowered) along the way. Neenah, WI April 4, 2007 Robert Schoneman

Originally built as PB-1 B unit D&RGW 600B. Alco 74702 1947.

503 acq. 4/1949 (ex DRGW 956 nee D&SL 901) Cafe car. Pullman 1913
Modified c.1960 with picture windows. Converted from coach.
Sault Ste.Marie July 1977 Wolf Kirchmeir

Converted to auxiliary cook car 10055.
9/25/1978 Jerry LaBoda


74 Steam generator car conv. 1951 by AC.
Soo, July 5, 1975


81 Steam generator car.

(ex NP H-3 conv. '55 by NP from 4-8-4 tender.) Acquired 1972
Soo, May 30, 1974


201 baggage Pullman 1944 (ex U.S.Army 7887 troop sleeper)
Soo, July 5, 1975

205 baggage. Pullman 1944 (ex U.S.Army
7883 troop sleeper)
May 1981

207 baggage car ACF '10
(ex DRGW 101)
Soo, July 3, 1975


209 210 211
express & baggage
Pullman-Standard 1950
(ex DRGW 1201 1202)



409 coach Pullman '10
(ex DRGW 951)
Soo, September 1970


440-443 coaches
AC&F 1947
(ex IC/CofG)

450-463
articulated coaches
Pullman 1937 1941

501 dining car
Pullman 1913
conv. from coach.
(ex DRGW 955)
Soo, July 5, 1975

504 dining car Budd '48
(ex ATSF 1554)
Soo, July 5, 1975

3058 (re#444) ACF '47
(ex GM&O 3058)
Soo, July5, 1975

In 1949 steel passenger cars finally came to the Algoma Central, although like much of its earlier equipment, it was secondhand. From the Denver and Rio Grande Western came 13 light 4-wheel truck open window coaches, three of which were converted into cafe cars. Also acquired were five ex U.S.Army troop box car style sleepers only built in 1944 for World War II use, these were converted into baggage cars.

Old wooden passenger coaches were downgraded to work service equipment and served for many more years until replaced by the ex D&RG steel coaches or modular units on flat cars.

302 ex 211 Express & Baggage acq. 1974 (ex D&RGW 1100 RPO Silver Antelope) Budd 1948
Soo 5/1/1987 Bob Carter

511 snack coach (acq.1971 ex IC 3341/MP 564) ACF 1948 9/28/1988 Tim Vermande

416 ex CP 2227

425 acq. 1/1972 (ex CP 2268) CC&F/CPR 1949
Sault Ste.Marie 7/5/1997 Geneva May Short

More steel coaches came, this time modern, lightweight steel air conditioned picture windows cars from the Canadian Pacific Railway which was reducing its passenger service. A total of 18 of these cars (415-432) came between July 1969 and December 1972 following which most of the old coaches went into work service or were sold off.

Still more used cars were bought in 1973, once again from U.S. roads including 6 coaches built by AC&F in 1947 and 14 articulated coaches from Southern Pacific. Each of the pair of articulated coaches only seated 50 passengers. These latter cars were not well liked and most wound up in work service. Three dining cars (one stainless steel) were also acquired along with three stainless steel baggage cars.

Business Cars


Agawa

Barney & Smith 1913
Acquired 1953
(ex Wabash 7 Chicago, 1930 nee Longview, Portland & Northern 101


Michipicoten
6/12/1974
Pullman 1911
Acquired 1944
(ex Pullman Advance,
nee Asheville)


Canyon View
Budd 1948
Acquired 1969
(ex CP Mountain View
nee New York Central
Singing Brook
)

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