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On a trip through Reno, I took a picture of the Reno at the same angle as an old image of the V&T #22 in the last year of regular service, August, 1945, and I morphed the images together.  Here was the result…

Here is a quick video of the history of the McKeen Motor Car.

These photos were taken around the Fourth of July, 2014, and all are credited to my Father and I.  

McKeen Car at the “Wabuska” Station at the Nevada State Railroad Museum.

Here is the McKeen Car running around the loop.

The McKeen going through the Crossing.

McKeen Car rounding the bend.

These are photos of the McKeen Car V&T(the McKeen Car was the only railcar on the V&T to have “Virginia and Truckee” rather than “Virginia & Truckee”, like the rest of the rolling stock) in Carson City, Nevada.  These were taken on or around July 4, 2012.  We would like more photos of this McKeen Car and of other McKeen Cars.  If you would like to share the photo, you may email me at mckeenman22@gmail.com.  If you want, we will add a “courtesy of” under the photo.

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Courtesy of Woody Kirkman.

McKeen Motor Car sitting in the sun, in front of the “Annex.”

V&T McKeen Motor Car
Courtesy of Woody Kirkman.

Back end of the McKeen Car.

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Courtesy of Woody Kirkman.

Front end of the McKeen Motor Car.

Inside of McKeen Motor Car #22
Courtesy of Woody Kirkman.

Inside of the McKeen Car.

McKeen Motor Car #22 D&B logo
Courtesy of Woody Kirkman.

McKeen headboard above the door in the vestibule.

McKeen Motor Car #22 at the Wabuska Station
Courtesy of Woody Kirkman.

McKeen Motor Car #22 at the “Wabuska” Station.

McKeen Builders Plate copy from Carson City

McKeen builders plate copy from Carson City, Nev.

N.S.R.M. McKeen Motor Car V&T #22

McKeen Car #22
Photo courtesy of Randy Gordon-Gilmore, http://www.prototrains.com/mckeen/mckeen.html
#22 sitting in a locked, fenced storage area at the rear of NSRM’s property. Note the two extra, square-topped doorways cut into the side (an in-service change when V&T added mail and express compartments), and the entrance door opening enlarged into the roof (a post-service change). Remarkably, most of the roof ventilators are still in place.

McKeen Car #22
Photo courtesy of Randy Gordon-Gilmore, http://www.prototrains.com/mckeen/mckeen.html
McKeen called this body style “wedge nose”. In evidence are two of the many post-service repaintings of the car that largely preserved they body and roof panels.


Photo courtesy of Randy Gordon-Gilmore, http://www.prototrains.com/mckeen/mckeen.html
The center entryway. The small, non-opening window to the right of the door opening is for one of the toilet compartments (which were diagonally opposed, flanking the entryway).


Photo courtesy of Randy Gordon-Gilmore, http://www.prototrains.com/mckeen/mckeen.html
All of the body panels, along with the bottoms of most of the vertical framing members and part of the main frame rails, were rusted through from sitting on the ground for so many years.


Photo courtesy of Randy Gordon-Gilmore, http://www.prototrains.com/mckeen/mckeen.html
Looking forward through the baggage room into the engine room. Visible in the nose is a piece of rail, added as
reinforcement after several head-end collisions.


Photo courtesy of Randy Gordon-Gilmore, http://www.prototrains.com/mckeen/mckeen.html
The ceiling liner (an early form of plywood), the vertical wainscoting at the tail and horizontal paneling on the lower walls, along with the longitudinal floor planking were original. The square floor tiles were not… The porthole on the left aft of the (non-original) door opening shows how they worked. Just visible on the ceiling above it is the bracket which held it in the open position.


Photo courtesy of Randy Gordon-Gilmore, http://www.prototrains.com/mckeen/mckeen.html


Photo courtesy of Randy Gordon-Gilmore, http://www.prototrains.com/mckeen/mckeen.html


Photo courtesy of Randy Gordon-Gilmore, http://www.prototrains.com/mckeen/mckeen.html
The new cow catcher.

Outside Images of the V.&T.R.R. McKeen Car #22

V&T McKeen Car at Reno, Nevada, on August 3, 1935.

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