--- ThisIsR@aol.com wrote:
I've been following the the thread discussing wood siding on SSAs far as I can make out, it all centers around the need for
water-tightness. All or nearly all boxcars and reefers had tight
boards and metal roofs by the late 1930s. Stock cars, OTOH, often
still had wood roofs (and thus didn't require lateral extensions to the
running boards) because they were open to the weather anyway. (Am I
correct in assuming wood roofs were difficult to keep watertight?) Flat
cars probably needed the gaps for drainage. I saw a wooden depot
platform in 1957 with gaps so wide that my companion's baby sister was
afraid she'd slip through! Probably only 3/4", but when you're that
2)I have a freightcar blocking manual for Seaboard dated 1933. ItI know there were several meat packers in the SE, but don't recall
which ones. I'll look it up in "Tom's 1938 Register" this weekend
if no one answers by then.
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