Hello Friends and Family,

Arizona Railway Museum, 2022, Part 5

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Here we see another set of passenger cars that appear to have many miles on them. It's time for us to look inside.

This car looks pretty standard — two seats on either side, windows with shades and an overhead bin for carry-on luggage. I also noticed the artwork on the back exit.

Some cars have compartments available for those on a longer trip and the money to pay for better comfort and privacy.

The compartments are configurable to a certain extent. This one has a table deployed and in use for a game of dominos. The seats can be configured into a bed — a second bed is currently stowed above and can be deployed when the compartment is shared by a larger family or group.

This appears to be a private dining car with the table set with fine china and silverware. This is considerably nicer than what most of us get when we fly these days. On my most recent cross-country trip to Georgia, we coach passengers were served a drink of choice and a cookie. At least, they gave us the whole beverage can — not just one pour over a plastic cup full of ice.

This car was configured for socialization. The tables could be used for drinks or games or simply conversation. The seats along the exterior walls were turned so that a number of people could share in a conversation.

And here we see another smoking car. I would have had a hard time just passing through a smoking car of that era — I was lucky to be born at a time when smoking has become less tolerated than in the past.

Now this looks nice. An observation car with large windows (here covered to minimize heat gain) and big comfortable seats covered in leather. Just perfect for a long trip across the western states and territories.

Our tour guide said this was another smoking car. However, I noticed that the decor was very different than the other smoking cars we toured. Interesting.

Here we see a box car carrying a bunch of railroad equipment. The bicycle-like vehicle in the foreground could be used to travel on the tracks should there be a breakdown or other emergency. Note the picture on the wall which shows the device in use. The equipment in the background also has railroad uses but we did not get a description of what functions they actually performed.

In the same box car there was a horse stall complete with a papier-mache horse. Cool!

This marks the end of our tour of the Arizona Railway Museum — I hope you enjoyed it. I highly recommend an in-person visit for those living in the Phoenix area. The museum is closed for the summer (too hot) but will re-open on September 3.


Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com