Re: Bars on Caboose Windows?

Dennis Storzek

--- In, MDelvec952@... wrote:

Lackawwanna used bars on the cupola window interiors as well, and company memos described the installation as a way to prevent a trainman's head from breaking the window in the event of a sudden change in speed. Some of the preserved cabooses still have these cages, and they're not exactly egonomic though they do have some spring action.
The Soo Line used two wood slats about 2" wide across the inside of the cupola end windows to protect the glass from flying bodies. On the few older cars that never lost their carbody end windows they had two or three round bars, again to protect the glass from bodies on the platform. I can't tell from the photos, but there may have been an equal set on the inside of the windows. These bars were of the general style used to protect the windows along the corridor in Pullman cars, and were to protect the glass not security. On the Soo cabooses, if someone wanted in they could just break the door window and reach in to turn the lock, or the cupola side windows which weren't obstructed so the train crew could lean out if need be while watching their train. When the Soo bought International Car Co. cars in the sixties, the end windows were safety glass, and not barred.

Note to John Sykes: The windows on postal cars had bars, either metal or hickory dowels, on the INSIDE, to protect the glazing from mail bags, as per Railway Mail Service spec.s. The door windows had wire glass, but no bars.


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