The Van Track


The ACR did not have much of a variety in vans (cabooses) but here are photos of ones they did use.

New photos are shown in cells with a pale yellow background.

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9503 - Hawk Junction - December 26, 1979.
9505.jpg (123492 bytes) 9505 - The ACR had about 20 of these wooden vans built in the 1940's with steel underframes. Here is the 9505 at Hawk Jct. on Dec. 26, 1979.
9506 - This van, the 9506, was somewhat different than the other wooden vans, and I never saw it in service during the time I worked there. It was sold sometime in the early '70's to someone for use as a private camp (or did it go to a museum?) somewhere east of Sault Ste Marie. Shown at Steelton on June 19, 1973.
9509 - The 9509 at Hawk Jct. February 1, 1977.
9510 - Steelton, May 19, 1980.
9514 - Steelton October 23, 1983.
9517.jpg (115105 bytes) 9517 - Later on, some of the wooden vans were equipped with cushion drawbars, such as the 9517 shown here at Hawk Jct. on June 24, 1989. These vans were assigned to specific conductors, this one was Steve Ryan's van. NEW! I just recently found this website (http://7stream.com/9517/index.html) detailing how this van has been restored! He has done a *lot* of work fixing it up and it really looks good now!
9517 - Seeing as how the 9517 has been saved and restored, I found a couple of other photos of it - here it is on a southbound train at Searchmont on May 3, 1972.
9517 - Oops!! Somehow the '17 got cornered - and here it is at Steelton Yard awaiting repairs. October 26, 1978.
9520 - This was taken July 5, 1958 at Steelton. Photographer Unknown. This is a recent addition to my collection.
9520 - Another wooden van with the cushion drawbars. See photo above - interesting how it has changed over the years! This is at Hawk Junction on May 5, 1983.
9601 - As one of the terms for settling the 3 month long strike of 1976, the ACR had the CNR build 6 steel vans. These replaced the wood vans in most freight service, however they were not assigned to any one conductor. 9601 through 9604 were on the south end (Soo Sub) while the 05 and 06 were on the north end. Here is the 9601 almost new at Steelton on October 25, 1976.
9601 - Shown here at Hawk Jct. February 1, 1977.
9601 - Steelton June 10, 1979.
9602 - Steelton October 23, 1983.
9603 - Hawk Jct. June 18, 1994. Note the black bear herald is different...no white background.
9604 - at Steelton August 7, 1978.
9605 - Hawk Jct. - June 16, 1987.
9606, the highest numbered of the CNR-built vans at Steelton August 7, 1978. It was unusual to see the north end vans at Steelton....must have needed heavy maintenance.
9607 - Steelton August 1, 1992. Built by the CPR at its Angus Shops, this is one of 3 the ACR acquired.
9608 - Another one of the ex CPR vans - Hawk Jct. July 27, 1992.
9609 - ex CPR Angus Shops van - Steelton June 14, 1994.

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