Re: NEW HAVEN's 36' Rebuilt Boxcars
Short answer: Keep the steel end car :^)toggle quoted message Show quoted text
Longer answer, including additional information (also from the excellent two-part series in Mainline Modeler) follows:
Over 12,000 of these cars were rebuilt and they formed virtually the entire boxcar fleet of the New Haven until late 1941. Even as late as 1944, these cars made up 85% of the New Haven's fleet of more than 7000 boxcars, but the railroad had started buying new all-steel boxcars in 1941 and purchased another batch in 1944. By 1946, composite/rebuilt boxcars made up only 36% of the fleet. By 1950, there were only 41 of these cars left out of a total fleet of 6000 boxcars.
Quoting from the article: "We have no information on the proportion of cars that received the two different treatments [composite end vs. Dreadnaught end], but photos of cars with Dreadnuaght ends seem more common in later years."
Based on what I've seen in my research and photos, I'd have to agree. I model the New Haven's Connecticut Valley line in October 1947 and while I will have both types of cars in revenue service on my railroad, I suspect that in reality it was more likely that the composite car would be in work train or other captive service by then, or shortly thereafter. I'll just be sure mine (I'll only have one) is heavily weathered.
Let me know if you need copies of the articles.
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