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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Bunk Car: 1943

Bunk Car: 1943

March 1943. "Iden, New Mexico. One of the bunk cars for section workers of a train on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad between Clovis and Vaughn." Medium-format nitrate negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Roughing it in 1969

I lived on one of these the summer of 1969 while a member of a CB&Q line gang in Wisconsin and Illinois. We had electricity (when parked close enough to a power source), but no toilet and no hot water.

It needs

a woman's touch. Some curtains, a broom, a few pictures, vase of flowers -- all the homey stuff.

Looks Like Home

My father was born in a car like this, though probably a little neater and a bit earlier, 1926. His father was a bridge and structure painter for the Santa Fe. Father, Mother and newborn lived aboard the train and traveled the Southwest, painting as they went. The "bucket" near the bed may have been from paint or solvent. There was also a custom in the day of putting cans of kerosene under bedposts to prevent bugs from getting to the beds, perhaps this sleeper was saving up for that.

[Or it might be full of sand. - Dave]

(Rail)road trip

Obviously, I regret not having had an RV growing up -- this looks fun. More room than an Amtrak, anyway.

On Schedule

Do I spy a box of prunes?

Sleeps Four

The cleaning lady hasn't been here for awhile ... and WHERE'S THE TV??

(That's what my grandson asked)

This ain't the Army, SIR.

Was hoping that thingy was an air freshener which this room probably needs. No bouncing quarters off THOSE beds! Bet that spit bucket serves two purposes, if'n you know what I mean.

What? No HDTV?

All it's missing is a La-Z-Boy, remote control and a bowl of popcorn.

Disheveled

It appears to be 8:30 a.m. and the men are off to work. I note the ash grate door is open on the stove and a spit bucket by the bed. Can someone identify the item on the wall in the corner at left, near the lower bunk?

[A kerosene lamp. - Dave]

 
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