Load test car
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A load test car has a set of heavy duty electrical resistors in it that are connected across the electrical output of a locomotive under test. The resistors put an artificial load on the locomotive so that it can be tested while towing the car. This is sort of like a dummy load on a radio transmitter.
This photo was taken into the sun outside the east end of the diesel shop in Edmonton. Yes, that's a little plastic window in the side. The sides of the car are made of wood painted black; the ends and roof seem to be made of metal.
This car was transferred to the Alberta Railway Museum in late 1999.