Re: Roofless cars

Michael Aufderheide
 

Rupert,

They might be coke cars. The Monon had open top cars that transported coke from a power plant in Indianapolis to small foundries around the Midwest. They resembled stock cars without doors or roofs. This is an O scale model by Bob Schultz:

http://www.monon.org/pastcons/2001con-model3.jpg

These cars were built from low-sided gons.

Regards,

Mike Aufderheide

--- In STMFC@..., "Rupert & Maureen" <gamlenz@...> wrote:

I have received a copy of a Joe Hardy photo taken in July 1948 on the CB&Q
at Crawford Hill, Nebraska (which is between Alliance and Edgemont, in the
north-west corner of the state) The photo was apparently taken from an
overbridge and looks down on the length of the train from an acute angle.

Included in the consist are three cars that appear to be steel sided,
without roofs but with running boards, and they appear to have side doors
which are not full height.



I am aware of old cars having the roof removed and used for hides, etc. but
1948 seems a bit early to be using steel cars for that purpose. Any
suggestions?



Rupert Gamlen

Auckland NZ





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