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Old 12-22-2004, 09:01 AM   #1
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during last nights chat i mentioned to a couple of folks about a rather unusual "camper" i had prior to the excella.

it was an ex milwaukee road dining car called the terra haute, converted to house crews working derailments in the pacific northwest.

here it is parked next to the roundhouse in janesville wisconsin cirica 1981.

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Old 12-22-2004, 09:07 AM   #2
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here are some additional pics i found of it on the net, in various paint schemes.

i was young and dumb back then and didn't have a camera!

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And what did you use as a tow vehicle?
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And what did you use as a tow vehicle?
one very large general motors product!!

here are a couple of pics of one of the locomotives that the railroad had (i think we had 6 or 7 total) it was a small operation, short line in southern wisconsin.

i actually helped paint this one, the tunnel shot was taken on the ex ill. central line just north of monticello wisconsin.

again these are pics i found on the internet, still kicking myself for not having a camera when i was young and dumb! i had plenty of money for beer!

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What was the interior like? Could you do a diagram if no pictures? What were the provisions for heat, water and waste? Could you have had that pulled anywhere on any track? What was that old tv series where they had adventures and their own train car?




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one very large general motors product!!

here are a couple of pics of one of the locomotives that the railroad had (i think we had 6 or 7 total) it was a small operation, short line in southern wisconsin.

i actually helped paint this one, the tunnel shot was taken on the ex ill. central line just north of monticello wisconsin.

again these are pics i found on the internet, still kicking myself for not having a camera when i was young and dumb! i had plenty of money for beer!

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Hey John. Nice paint job on those Fs. What road was it, can't make out the name. From first glance your "camper" looks to be Pullman.

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Hey John. Nice paint job on those Fs. What road was it, can't make out the name. From first glance your "camper" looks to be Pullman.

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[LEFT]When traveling through northern Ill. this summer, don't forget to spend a day at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union Illinois. KOA just down the road.

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might have to fire up the bike for that trip, it has been years since i was down there last!!

it was the chicago madison and northern ry.

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Well lets see, the systems were very crude to say the least but effective for railroad use.
The toilet flushed directly onto the tracks, at a station stop passengers were asked not to flush for obvious reasons. –or- a large 40 gallon can was attached to catch any unpleasant down fall!

Heat was provided by steam underway or by oil burning “smudge pot stoves” when stationary.

Electricity was provided by locomotive, 48 volts DC. It was converted to 120vac when I got it.

Airconditioning was powered by a 4 cyl. Waukesha propane powered compressor fans were 48 volt DC.

There was a 1000 gallon water tank underneath pressurized by the air brake lines. There was a 70 gallon gravity tank in the kitchen ceiling I assume when air was not present.

The kitchen ranges, there were two were fed by the 4 100 lbs cyls that were common to the airconditioning fuel supply.

Attached is a rough sketch of what the original floor plan looked like. i'll surf around and see if i can find some similar pics of the interior on the net. the interior was all dark woods, inlayed zig zags over the windows. very ornate!


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Thanks John. I'll look it up in the rail atlas tonight.
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Mc Henry and Madison

We have camped at the Union KOA and liked that Western restaurant/buffet next door where the servers wear theme uniforms. I think there must be a picture around here somewhere of one of us on that large bull or bison.

We lived in Mc Henry for many years in the Fox Lake and Spring Grove area. We were right down 173 from Chain of Lakes State Park, We get homesick from time to time. Also liked to camp at Rockford.

My daughter lives in Milwaukee now and Madison in the past. There was a place by Whitewater that we used to take the bikes to go mountain biking where you park at the country store. Ever been to Governor Dodge or Wyalusing, Andre' Kohler, or Point Beach? We loved the Wisconsin State Parks, and of course Door County.

Thanks for posting the diagram. What did you do with it? What a restaurant that would have made!




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last i heard it was in a museum in indiana. never followed up on it.

it could be anywhere by now!

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during last nights chat i mentioned to a couple of folks about a rather unusual "camper" i had prior to the excella. It was an ex Milwaukee Road dining car called the Terra Haute, converted to house crews working derailments in the pacific northwest. Here it is parked next to the roundhouse in janesville wisconsin cirica 1981.
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I noticed the builder (Pullman?) thoughtfully put two sets of trucks on it, one on each end of the dining car's rather long wheelbase, to get around those tight curves, perhaps Quadra-Truck? Bet you it tracked like it was on rails. With its dual trucks, I'd name it an 126' Century Overrailer. I also like it's diesel powered GM tow vehicle.
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