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Southern Pacific Baggage-Postal Car No.5131


Southern Pacific baggage/mail car No.5131 is just over 72-feet long and one of the SP class 70-BP-30-1 cars built to Specification CSP-224. The car was delivered in 1923 by Standard Steel Car Company based on an order placed by the SP on March 22, 1923. Originally weighing 128,350 pounds, the car contained a 40-foot baggage section and 30-foot postal section.

Sometime after 1957, SP-5131 was renumbered to MW-7082 to serve as a relief tender in maintenance-of-way work train service. Many of the original interior fixtures were removed by the railroad during that time.

The car now serves as a support area for the operation of the steam locomotive and other cars.

Text by Roy Wullich