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Old 03-10-2005, 05:34 PM   #1
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56 Southern Railroad 25' Aluminum Rivited vintage travel trailer found!

1956 Southern Railroad 25' travel trailer.
Rivited Aluminum outside Never painted shiney aluminum inside and even the frame is ALUMINUM
Side and rear door, headroom is about 7'.
Square with radiused corners on sides and roof and bottom.
Fullsides with no cutout for tires.
Dual axle with brakes on one axle.
7.50X15 Tires on steel wheels with same lug pattern as Airstream.
Openin windows, shower, kitchen, heater.
Eye hooks on corners for lifting or tying down.
This is a super light well built well designed Rare one, with a full belly pan.
Has anyone ever heard of one of these?

The last Registration is from 1972 and shows it owned by The Southern Railroad Company. So it is a one owner!
I will post some pictures ASAP
Let me know if this one interests you as it will be for sale.
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Old 03-10-2005, 05:48 PM   #2
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The merged railroads are now headquartered in Norfolk, and I have had contact with their organization re: using our answering service. I'll be anxious to see your pix and possibly share them with some local RR fans.

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Old 03-10-2005, 06:00 PM   #3
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Dude, your killing me!!
This one sounds right up my alley and me with no cash and two parts challanged Airstreams.
I can not wait too see the photo's. If this is what I think it is, I just may have to work out a trade.
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Old 03-10-2005, 11:49 PM   #4
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Pictures, gotta see pictures, tons of pictures.

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Old 03-11-2005, 12:29 AM   #5
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Having ridden on some of the Southern Trains as a (paying) passenger back in the mid 50's from Norfolk to Southern Pines, NC...I'm awaiting pictures~!!
BTW, those were exciting trips for a 12yr old kid traveling alone..
From the heart pounding roar of the train's engine as it came into the train station, to the view of the passing countryside..
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Old 03-11-2005, 10:47 AM   #6
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Pictures!

Yes, we definetly need to see some pictures of this one!
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Old 03-11-2005, 11:01 AM   #7
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I have lived in Norfolk area all my life. My uncle worked for Norfolk and Western, which merged with Southern to become Norfolk Southern. I still remember the 711 Steam loco pulling passengers and the scream of the whistle. I would love to see a pic of the trailer. Have never heard of it.
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Here is a link to pictureshttp://photos.yahoo.com/richtrich
I found the Manufacturer is Monocoach and there are Southern Railway tags on the inside.
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Nah-eeee-s!

Very nice buddy, you have died and gone to heaven!
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Old 03-11-2005, 04:34 PM   #10
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WHAT A FIND!!!!!!!!!!!-----My Grandfather work on the Southern in Kentucky. He worked or a "road crew" in the area of "Kings Mountain" south of Lexington. If anyone has any history about this area of the "Southern" I like to hear from you.
mglewis@fisi.net----Can remember him speaking of "Camp Cars" but was under the impression they were on rails ????
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Old 03-11-2005, 07:04 PM   #11
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Mike Lewis,
You know? I'm no expert but..I had the very same thought when looking at those pictures..That this unit looked like a "road crew type of working car"..
One never knows..
Interesting era~
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Old 03-11-2005, 07:14 PM   #12
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This thing was meant to go on rough terrain as it has really high ground clearance, and a really high hitch height too, it really does tow awsome.
Also the Propane tank holders are designed to hold 2 HUGE tanks for a rather extended stay?
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it looks like the trailers the milwaukee road used for work crews.

is there any provision for it to be chained down? big rings in the corners?

good chance it was ment as crew quarters and chained down on a flat car in a work train.

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Looking at the layout Those things were meant to also be loaded on flat cars. Thats the reason for the end doors and tie down.
I got a chuckle out of the registration. They are still at that Address. I have been there doing work for them.


Edit. Just looked it up. Wrong place. The place I was at was closer to down town.
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