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Order Number/Date Railroad Road Number Weight Length Seat Notes
 047-2/1909 CRI&P #9020 37T 70′ 64 (48?) Rebuilt with 275HP Winton Engine by EMC 5/25, Scrapped 2/1937
080- 7/1910 CRI&P #9021 40T 70′ 48 Burned/Scrapped 12/1911
081- 7/1910 CRI&P #9022 40T 70′ 48 Rebuilt with 275HP Winton Engine by EMC 5/25, Scrapped 2/1937
082- –/1910 CRI&P #9023 40T 70′ 48 Rebuilt with 275HP Winton Engine by EMC     5/25, Scrapped -/1937
083- 0/1910 CRI&P #9024 40T 70′ 48 Rebuilt with 275HP Winton Engine by EMC 5/25, Scrapped -/1937

The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad bought one McKeen Car as a sample, for an estimated $20,000-22,000 (around 1/2 Million dollars now-a-day.)  It was a 70′, 30 ton car, that could, comfortably, carry 64 passengers, and was finished in late 1909, numbered 9020.  This car was tested, and the railroad bought three more of the same car, except these had room for only 48 people, meaning they had more room in the baggage area.  The three later cars were finished later 1910.

Here we have an early photograph of car #9023 before 1925, when the car’s nose was cut off.

Photo Courtesy of Edmund Keilty Collection

Here’s the #9023 before any major modifications were made to the car.

Here’s a photo from the Trains Magazine website showing the #9023 after being repowered and after having it’s nose cut off.  #9023 is pictured on the Choctaw Route (Memphis-Amarillo) at the station in Little Rock, Ark., ca. 1960s.(Trains Magazine)

Photo Courtesy of Richard Reynolds Collection

Here’s a photo of #9023 after the Brill/EMC conversion done in in May of 1925.

Photo Courtesy of Railroad Model Craftsman,  August 1966, Page 23.

Here is a rare photo of #9024, one of five McKeen Cars on the Rock Island.

 

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