Re: "Indented" Dreadnaught Ends


The tricky part here is that the "early" Dreadnaught end had the forked stampings pressed inward relative to the base plane of the panel, however the "rolling pin" did protrude outward *slightly* from the base plane. This can be seen in the cross-section on the N&W drawing. The joint between the panels on the early style varied somewhat- some had the slight rolling pin protrusion at the bottom of the upper panel, while others didn't. As far as I know, nobody had box cars with early Dreadnaught ends with the forks pressed outward. Some drop-end gondolas might have had theirs mounted that way, though?

The more familiar Dreadnaught end had the rolling pins stamped outward from the base, while the forks were the "negative area" between the rolling pins and the darts. Compare these to the earlier photo and drawing.

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