After several years in the Arkansas and Missouri shops being fixed up,  the private car "Chico" will be taking a test run from Springdale, AR to Van Buren on Friday,  14 June.  

A few happy snaps from my flip phone: 

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Mitch 

It's crackers to give a rozzer the dropsy in snide!

 

Remember, SCROUNGE!

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leapinlarry posted:

Wow, good looking Observation Car, “Chico” and also glad your feeling great again, at least I hope you are.  

Better than I was in early March, anyhow!  I am back in action volunteering at the A&M's Museum.  

Is the car named Chico, after a city in California? Thanks for posting the nice pictures. Happy Railroading 

I believe so, yes.  And my pleasure!  

Mitch 

It's crackers to give a rozzer the dropsy in snide!

 

Remember, SCROUNGE!

I hope Tiffany from Chico California reads your post, she and her husband are super nice folks and this would be of interest to them. I am glad your better as the Flu or whatever the bug was, made many of us on the forum very sick. The forum is a great place to share thoughts and ideas.  

Looks like a sweet car, Mitch. Any chance you can “scrounge” some pics of the interior???

And I second Leapinlarry’s wishes... glad to see you are doing better.

Paul

Techno-Peasant of the First Order

Provisionary Member - Brotherhood of the Crappy Basement Layout

 TCA 15-70689

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If 37 is the same number it carried on Santa Fe, then it was assigned to a Grand Division, for use by the General Manager.  It does not look like the 38 and 39, which were modernized with sealed windows.

Chico was the advertising mascot of the Passenger Traffic Department -- the little Navajo kid who drew "Santa Fe All the Way" in the sand with a stick.  Chico, California, is offline, on the Western Pacific.

Tom

 

Superintendent, High Plains Division (O Gauge) 

The Panhandle & Santa Fe Railway Co.

Lone Star Hi-Railers

Santa Fe, All the Way

Apples55 posted:

Looks like a sweet car, Mitch. Any chance you can “scrounge” some pics of the interior???

I'll see what I can do.   

And I second Leapinlarry’s wishes... glad to see you are doing better.

Aw shucks... 

Mitch 

It's crackers to give a rozzer the dropsy in snide!

 

Remember, SCROUNGE!

coach joe posted:

Mitch happy to hear you're feeling better.  Nice pics.  Is Chico wearing MOW silver or is the color an attempt at matching streamlined aluminum or ss car bodies?

At a guess,  MOW silver.  A lot of executive varnish wound up in MOW service later in their careers.  

RSJB18 posted:

Good to see you back in action Mitch.

How's Fortescue doing?

Having a wonderful time!  

GEDC1620

Here's a few happy snaps of Chico's owners getting ready to take off for today's excursion...

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Brenda Rouse,  the A&M's passenger service chief.  

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I'm told the interior is "very original."  Still working on getting interior pics...

Mitch 

It's crackers to give a rozzer the dropsy in snide!

 

Remember, SCROUNGE!

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Number 90 posted:

If 37 is the same number it carried on Santa Fe, then it was assigned to a Grand Division, for use by the General Manager.  It does not look like the 38 and 39, which were modernized with sealed windows.

Chico was the advertising mascot of the Passenger Traffic Department -- the little Navajo kid who drew "Santa Fe All the Way" in the sand with a stick.  Chico, California, is offline, on the Western Pacific.

I have this old magazine page in my train room, a copy of the well-known Santa Fe ad. A very knowledgeable rail buff and former rail employee I knew told me one time that "chico" was not actually the name of the Navaho boy. It was not a proper name, but more of a descriptive term, like "little one" or something of that nature. Note that the word "chico" is not capitalized in the text, as it would be if it were a person's name. Kind of interesting.

 

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I believe chico is simply a Spanish word for "boy".  Anyhow, it's good to see any passenger equipment back in service...thanks for letting us know.  If you get those interior shots be sure to share them.  Be nice to see them, too.

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I Thought Growing Old Would Take Longer.

This has turned into a great thread, a learning experience for me, so much for Chico California ???....Wow, Very interesting car, beautiful pictures, hopefully one day a visit to see this car, and Museums showing Railroad History, out west in the states of Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington State, would be a must see. Now that I am retired, waiting a year or so for the wife to retire, traveling is on our minds....Thanks Mitch....Happy Railroading 

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