GBW 20 Combination RPO/Baggage, ex-GBW 53 or 54 Coach         
GBW 20 combination RPO/baggage, ex GBW 53 or 54 Coach, in front of the former C&NW Marion depot at the Marion Area Historical Society at Marion, WI on 9 Jul. '14. There were no obvious markings other than faint stencils on the trucks that included, "LUB PAD, NOR 6-6-66, GBW". It used to be displayed at Rapid River, MI; it was moved from there to Marion, WI on 2 Jul. ’13. According to, GBW 20 was originally GBW 53 or 54, a 60'-0" coach built by Hicks Locomotive and Car Works in 1908; rebuilt as an RPO/baggage car in 1929-30. Sister GBW 21, ex-GBW 52, is on display at National Railroad Museum at Ashwaubenon, WI. GB&W donated sister GBW 22, ex-GBW 51, to the Wisconsin Historical Society in 1970 for display at Stonefield Village in Cassville, WI. I'm not sure if it is still there, it is not mentioned with the other RR equipment on their website.
Date: 7/9/2014 Location: Marion, WI   Map Show Marion on a rail map Views: 414 Collection Of:   T. P. Bruss
Rolling Stock: GBW 20 (Baggage Car) Author:  T. P. Bruss
GBW 20 Combination RPO/Baggage, ex-GBW 53 or 54 Coach
Picture Categories: Passenger This picture is part of album:  Northeast WI, Summer 2014
User Comments
Name Type Comments Date
Jerry LaBoda General This is the same car that was shot in Rapid River... the sag in the roof above the baggage door and first window is in the same location in both shots, as is many other shots. Only the siding around the stirrups has been cut back, this likely to help move the car. 7/18/2014 1:45:31 AM
T. P. Bruss General Thank you for the comment and additional information Jerry. I didn't notice the sag in my photo or the Rapid River one. The sag is rather pronounced in the photos from when it arrived in Marion, WI about a year ago: I did think the cars in the two photos looked amazingly similar in some of the details, but I didn’t think they could be the same car because I didn’t think the paint would have peeled that badly in the 12 years from one to the other. 7/18/2014 4:56:07 AM
T. P. Bruss General After seeing Jerry’s comment, I went looking for more information about this piece of rolling stock and found additional photographs of GBW 20 on display at Rapid River, MI, ( You can tell that it is the same piece of rolling stock (the photo of the truck stencils clinches it for me). Also, looking at Rapid River, MI on the Google satellite map, you can see that this car is no longer there. I have revised the title and description accordingly. 8/3/2014 3:03:06 AM

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