Baggage car

Baggage car

A baggage car (US terminology) or luggage van (UK terminology) is a type of rail transport passenger car. Its purpose is to carry the checked baggage of the passengers as well as parcels ("express") in a passenger train, and is typically coupled at the front of the train close to the locomotive. Because this type of car is usually hauled at the front of a passenger train, it is sometimes classified as "head-end equipment." Passengers aboard a passenger train are not normally allowed access to a baggage car while a train is in motion.

A special type of baggage car came equipped with doors on one end to facilitate transport of large pieces of equipment and scenery for Broadway shows and other productions. These "theatrical" baggage cars were assigned theatrical names (i.e. "Romeo" and "Juliet"), and were similar to the "horse cars" that were used to transport racehorses.

References

*"The American Railroad Passenger Car" by John H. White, Jr. Two Volumes (1978) by Johns Hopkins University Press.
*ISBN 0-8018-2743-4 (pbk.: set: alk. paper)
*ISBN 0-8018-2722-1 (pbk.: v.1: alk. paper)
*ISBN 0-8018-2747-7 (pbk.: v.2: alk. paper)


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