Re: sub 40' XM on inside gateway '47


Dennis Storzek
 

One thing to keep in mind, aside from the 36' steel frame single sheathed cars that were popular with the Canadian roads, the last built of the 36' double sheathed cars shared construction features with the USRA 40', 40 ton double sheathed cars... That is a wood sheathed, wood framed body on an all steel underframe. In the case of the USRA cars, there were enough of them, and they were close enough to "modern" dimensions, that they spawned a mini-industry manufacturing "kits" to convert them to all-steel boxcars of the same dimensions as the then current (pre-WWII) standard boxcar. Because of their smaller size, the railroads did not see the utility in spending this much money on the 36' cars, even though they were only a couple years older, and those cars soldiered on through WWII with only replacement endsĀ  and roofs, pretty much unchanged in appearance.. Meanwhile a lot of 40' double sheathed cars were masquerading as all-steel cars.

Dennis Storzek

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