Hello all -
I'm new to this list, so pardon me if this has been covered before.
Before the advent of center-beam flatcars (let's say early 1950s), how
would finished lumber en route to a distributor have been moved? Would it
have been stacked inside a boxcar (labor to unload it was cheap back then),
or would have been on a flatcar?
I'm also curious about pulpwood - would logs have been stacked in gondolas
back then, or had bulkhead flatcars appeared by that point?