Tucson, Cornelia and Gila Bend Railroad Boxcar #203
Car #203 was built in 1918 as Western Pacific Car #18102, by the
Mount Vernon Car Manufacturing Company, in Mount Vernon, Illinois. It
was part of a series numbered 16801-18300. The boxcars in this series
were double-sheathed construction and were built with wooden ends but
were modified in 1929, receiving the current inverse Dreadnaught steel
Car #203 came to Ajo for use with the Tucson, Cornelia and Gila
Bend Railroad sometime between 1943 and 1953, most likely after World
War II. Further research will determine a more accurate time frame.
The Dalman two-level trucks and the grab-irons to the left of the
door that exist today were probably added by the Tucson, Cornelia
and Gila Bend Railroad. #203 and cars like it were probably used in
what is termed "less-than-carload" service. Car #203 was donated to
the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum in June of 2005 and was
moved from Ajo, Arizona, in October of 2005. You can visit the boxcar
by special appointment at Old Pueblo Trolley's Motor Bus Division Yard. At this time
access and interpretive signs are both limited.
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