A couple of really old sisters came to “the Caverns”


©C Hunt photo

This photo was taken in Carlsbad in 2008.  This former Milwaukee Road covered hopper was sporting a scheme probably applied in 1970.  The color was “Federal Yellow” which was, at one time, as bright as a school bus.  Here we are 38 years later, and it is looking a bit haggard.  Somehow, even though it is now “NAHX 53433,” I still love something about this car.  By the way, the Milwaukee Road ceased to exist in 1985 when it was purchased by the Soo Line Railroad.  You can still see a few cars lettered for the Milwaukee Road on the rails even today.  In 2008, this one and “her sister” rolled through Roswell on the way to the Cavern City.


One of her sisters made the trip to Carlsbad with her in 2008. The condition of its paint is not much better. ©C Hunt photo

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