Re: Boats on Flats

Ian Cranstone

On 2011-09-30, at 2:42 PM, Richard Hendrickson wrote:

On Sep 30, 2011, at 11:26 AM, Tim O'Connor wrote:
We discussed that boat extensively on the list, around the beginning
of March 2009. This is the probable true story of that movement. (The
photo captions may be incorrect.)
They're certainly incorrect in one respect. The captions identify
the flat car as a Canadian National car, but in fact it's a Santa Fe
car. Moving the boat required a 60' flat car, which the CN did not
own. In fact, at the time, only a couple of western U.S. railroads
had such cars, the Santa Fe being one of them, so the CN obviously
got the Santa Fe to lend them one (the idler flats at either end were
CN cars, however).

Although CN chose to use an ATSF flat for this particular purpose, they did in fact own a small number of 60' flats -- the CN 600300-600326 series were built by the Canada Car Co. for predecessor Grand Trunk as GTR 69900-69929 in 1906. Although the last survivor in this series was retired in 1971, cars renumbered to the 660000-660009 series in 1968-69 lasted until 1974.

Ian Cranstone
Osgoode, Ontario, Canada

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