Pennsy fans may remember the tubular train running on the corridor as “The Keystone.” These cars, built by Budd, were designed with a low center of gravity. As you can see in the picture, the cars conformed to traditional height above the rail at both ends but the center section was a bit above the tops of the rails, making for a noisy ride according to a blog post. There is also a claim that the design was to try to increase track speed. I vaguely knew that the train set had been sold and was somewhere in the Midwest for a time. Well, two coaches have appeared on CN train 382 at Burlington, Ontario, bound for a new home at Canac, St. Laurent, Quebec. I never rode these cars but remember seeing them on the corridor. The image here was captured by Rob Eull who graciously gave our blog permission to post this. You can see more of Rob’s excellent rail photography here.Look at how Budd’s stainless steel and construction methods have kept these coaches in great shape despite their years.
“Tubular” Coaches on the PRR