Re: What Kind Of Car Is This?

James McDonald

Dear Bob,

I believe that these might be soda ash cars built in 1909 by Ralston Steel Car Co. for The Solvay Process Co. That same website has some other photos showing what look to be the same type of car:

The end of the second photo is overexposed so we can't compare it to that of the car in the background of the photo you referenced, but T.S.P.Co. as an abbreviation would agree with The Solvay Process Co.

What the purpose of the T wrench is, I am not sure. Seems an odd way to get at the unloading mechanism.

All the best,

James McDonald
Greenbelt, MD.

On 6/20/13 4:57 PM, STMFC@... wrote:
4a. What Kind Of Car Is This?
Posted by: "Bob Chaparro"thecitrusbelt@... thecitrusbelt
Date: Thu Jun 20, 2013 11:12 am ((PDT))

This image is from the Columbus Railroads website ( and shows an unusual (to me, anyway) car roof:

A similar roof appears on a car in the upper right portion of the photo.

Can anyone identify what type of car this is?


Bob Chaparro
Hemet, CA

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