end ladders vs. side ladders


The Safety Appliance drawings in the 19th and 20th edition of the Car Builders Cyclopedia show that for house cars end ladders were 14" minimum between the stiles and side ladders were 16" minimum between the stiles. Looking at various drawings in the magazines it appears some cars had narrower end ladders than side ladders. The older models with molded on ladders do have end ladders that are narrower than the side ladders. It's hard to judge in photos because the end ladders appear narrower in a 3/4 photo of a car and an end photo of course doesn't show the side ladders. Were ladders later made a standard width?

Robert Oom
Kalamazoo, MI

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