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Do the generator car come before or after the baggage car in a passenger rack?


Most photos and videos I've seen them in show the generator cars immediately behind the locomotives.


If I recall correctly, they're typically ahead of the baggage car because the responsibility of them tended to be shifted upon the engine crew.


Steam Generator/HEP car
RPO Cars
Baggage Cars
Dining cars

This can vary according to train or railroad. If a train split en route, then this order can go out the window for coaches/diners/sleepers/lounges. RPO cars are generally at the head end and locked. Baggage cars generally require access by the crew at times for station work.


Just to add another variable to the mix, what about the REA or any other express freight that would have been tacked on, back when that was still a thing?


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I'm not sure if this outside of the era you were asking about but back in the 1950's on the Canadian Pacific western lines, express freight and perishables were tacked on right behind the engines.

In the attached picture, this line ran through southern British Columbia and as such had smaller passenger trains. Special boxcars equipped with steam lines were used and usually carried fruit from the growing regions of the Okanagan to Vancouver for export during harvest season.



As >>7146 says, right behind the engines. I believe this is so that when the engines are removed from the train at a major terminal, , the REA cars are easily removed with them and dropped off at the REA building as the engines make their way to the servicing area.


So what does "REA" stand for? I'm not familiar with that term.


It stands for Railway Express Agency. They operated similarly to how UPS, DHL, or FedEx operate today except most of the transportation was done via railroads. First mile/last mile stuff was done with trucks, but the intercity transit was on rails.


>Special boxcars equipped with steam lines were used
Weren't they also typically equipped with passenger car bogies so you could pull them at varnish speeds?

That and the fact that railroads didn't want to deal with less-than-carload lots. The purpose of the REA was to composite all of the little shipments into something the railroads felt was worth the trouble.


Near as I can tell from the reference material I have, they (the CPR) used normal freight trucks, Bettendorf style. In the case of the southern BC 2nd mainline, the steep grades kept speeds below what would be found on sections of the CPR mainline so high-speed issues weren't a concern. I could be wrong, though. The book that has that detailed info isn't accessable to me at the moment. 'Canadian Railcar Pictorial, CPR 40 ft Boxcars' by Richard Yaremko.


Around what point did they start phasing out HEP cars? I know that one thing that attracted SAL to Alco’s RS models were the steam generators for passenger train usage

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