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Detailed information on the fleet of Ahnapee & Western boxcars which were acquired by the Crab Orchard & Egyptian Railroad in the 1980s. 



AHW #4054 is typical of this class of car.

The Crab Orchard & Egyptian (CO&E) acquired 25 of the Ahnapee & Western's 4000- series double door boxcars in the 1980s.

All of the CO&E cars had small stenciling for NOR 6-83 and 11-83 where the "NEW" date would be stenciled.  When the cars were sold in March 1984, the GB&W Norwood shops covered the large AHW logo with bright orange paint. The first two cars to arrive on the CO&E received logos, but the remainder were put into service without them.  The cars are now roaming the country re-lettered for McCloud River (MR) railroad, along with many of the other AHW 4000- series cars.

Edward Bridges, the unofficial historian of the Crab Orchard & Egyptian Railroad who is also modeling the railroad in N gauge, personally researched each car while he was an employee of the CO&E.  The AHW numbers were verified by carefully looking at the re-stenciled number to make out the outline of the old number.

The following is a car by car list of all 25 CO&E boxcars.  Hopefully Edward will get us a picture of the CO&E version of the cars soon.

AHW
Number
COER
Number
NOR
Date
BLT
Date
Notes
4000 1417   12-77
4001 1418 6-83 12-77
4002 1423 11-83 12-77
4013 1419   12-77
4014 1400 11-83 12-77
4017 1413 11-83 1-78
4021 1420   12-77
4024 1414   12-77
4027 1404 11-83 12-77
4028 1405   12-77
4036 1412 11-83 1-78
4037 1406   12-77
4042 1407 11-83 12-77
4047 1401 6-83 12-77
4049 1422   1-78
4058 1408 11-83 1-78 Received CO&E heralds.
4059 1424 6-83 12-77
4061 1409   1-78
4065 1410   1-78
4066 1402   1-78
4067 1415 6-83 1-78
4077 1411   1-78
4086 1421   1-78
4096 1403   1-78
4097 1416   1-78 Received CO&E heralds.

This car has Superior doors on one side of car, Youngstown doors on the other.  (All cars were originally equipped with Youngstown doors.)

AHW
Number
COER
Number
NOR
Date
BLT
Date
Notes

COER Boxcar Images:

COER 1408 (Ex- AHW 4058)

COER 1415 (Ex- AHW 4067)

Edward Bridges photo, 1986

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