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Quite an Interesting History

May 5, 2018

I was in Alliance recently and found this Sperry Rail Service car sitting in the remains of the yard across from the former Pennsylvania Railroad station.

Some Sperry rail cars began life as passenger cars and No. 136 proved to be one of those.

It was built by Brill in 1928 as a doodlebug for the New York Central, which gave it roster designation M-11. It joined the Sperry fleet in April 1948.

Its appearance has changed over the years as has the technology used to inspect track.

SRS 136 never moved an inch during the three hours or so that I spent in Alliance.

Just this past week I saw a Sperry Rail Car in action on CSX in Berea headed eastbound. It was dark and I didn’t catch the roster number of the car.