I wrote before about the open air car for the Rambler Train in Knoxville.
It has a feature that’s different from all the other coaches I’ve seen. The Operations manager called it a “Fish Belly” frame, in the pictures you can see why. The other coaches have a frame that’s up under the car body, where you can’t see it. This one has a big I-beam sort of support, running the length of the car, right down the middle. It tapers up above the wheels, hence the name. What’s enjoyable for me was that I asked if I could paint it a dull silver color, to show this unique frame. The only connection I have with the company is as a paint contractor, so I have no real say in the look of things. Besides, it would make this coach different from the rest. But I got the OK, and man the black parts contrasted against the silver look nice.