Re: What Kind Of Car Is This?

Joe Bower <jnbower1@...>

James and Group:

From the pictures, one can see sloping and horizontal rivet lines indicating
slope sheets for (up-side down pyramid shaped) muitiple hoppers, and the
hopper bottom outlets, which likely were operated from the top of the car
via the "T" handle tool. I'd suspect the lading may have been an easy
flowing granular or powdered product.

An interesting 1906 all steel car, on Arch Bar type trucks.

Joe Bower


From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...] On Behalf Of
James McDonald
Sent: Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:04 PM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: Re: [STMFC] What Kind Of Car Is This?

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@... <>
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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