Fort Wayne & Wabash Valley 504

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Built in:1906 by Cincinnati Car Company (ord#315)
Type of car:interurban (baggage-coach-parlor-buffet-solarium)
Current Owner:Illinois Railway Museum(Union, Illinois)

Car History by Frank Hicks

Fort Wayne & Wabash Valley 504
The "Talisman" is an example of one of the most plush and attractive types of parlor car built, Cincinnati's 1906 cars built for the FW&WV and for Union Traction. This car packed many features into its 62' length - a baggage compartment at the front with coach section; following it were washrooms and a small buffet compartment; behind that was a parlor section, capped off with a solarium rear platform with full-height curved-glass observation windows. Unfortunately, the luxury travel envisioned did not materialize and the car was rebuilt for coach service. Retired in 1932, the body became a house in rural Mongo, Indiana. There it remained until acquired by IRM in 1991, after which a quarter-million dollar restoration program commenced. The car's body and exterior were completely restored, but the project stopped before interior and electrical work were completed.

Ownership History:Fort Wayne & Wabash Valley #504 1906-1920 / Indiana Service Corporation #354 1920-1930 / Indiana Railroad #354 1930-1932 / Illinois Railway Museum(Union, Illinois) 1991-present

Facts and Figures

Status:displayed inoperableGauge:4'8.5"
Construction:woodRoof type:RREnded:SE
#Seats:48#Wheels/Conf.:8 (B-B)Total HP:400
Trucks:MCBBrakes:AMM [(M15)]Compressor:D2-EG
Motors:[WH 121 (4)]Voltage (if not 600DC)