|School's out for summer, so BCOL car "Budd Wiser" is lounging in the BC Rail yard at Lillooett on July 05, 1989.|
By Peter Mumby
rail cars are identified both by a number and a name. Case in point:
BCOL 8, aka "Budd Wiser," shown here at rest in the British Columbia
Railway yard at Lillooett, B.C., on July 05, 1989. And, at rest it will
remain, at least until early September, because this car plays the role
of school bus, ferrying students from nearby First Nations communities
to the high school in Lillooett. The interior is probably Spartan in
nature, but it appears to contain a small furnace for winter use, as is
made evident by the stack at the left end of the car. As for the name,
apparently the students were given naming rights for their conveyance,
and Budd Wiser was given the nod.
I recall, this car (and the locomotive that pulled it) were
subsequently replaced by a motorized rail bus. This was all in the BC
Rail era - I don't know how the arrangement stands now that CN is in
charge of the rails.