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Photo of B&M Coach 4590 on the Alouette. This coach is one of ten cars #4585-4594 built by Pullman-Standard in 1935 at their Osgood Bradley Plant in Worcester, MA. These cars seated 84 passengers in deluxe coach seating with footrests. The B&M was very happy with these cars and purchased twenty more of them in 1937 which were numbered 4595-4614. Cars from this fleet of 30 air conditioned streamline coaches (affectionately known as American Flyer Cars) were regularly used in service on the Alouette.

Photo of CP 1801 with train by R. Lewis. CP 1801 (EMD E8A Diesel Electric Locomotive delivered new in December 1949) is hauling the northbound Alouette, stopped at Laconia, NH circa 1951. The key to the date is the 5 chime air horn on the roof of the locomotive; the as delivered air horn consisted of two separate single horns both facing forward. The five chime horns had two chimes facing to the rear and three chimes facing forward and were installed early in 1951. The car immediately behind the locomotive is a B&M series #3140-3142, Baggage-Mail Car equipped with a 45 ft baggage section and a 15 ft Railway Post Office apartment that operated between Boston and Woodsville, NH on weekdays (Monday through Saturday).

Tom E Thompson
Colonel, US Army Retired

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