Re: Vent car question


The 500 ACL Class O-15 DS vents (Nos. 43735-44234)should also to be added to the list.  Although they did not start out as USRA DS boxcars, like the FEC cars, they were "USRA DS clones" with the exception of having 7/8 ends, Wine ventilators in the ends, and side vent doors.  Westerfield sells kits of these cars.

Off topic but somewhat related to the discussion of ventilated boxcars, a measure of the ACL's dedication to the ventilated boxcar can be demonstrated by the fact that in 1946 the railroad selected 10 Class O-25 steel boxcars (Nos. 21230-21239) and converted them to ventilated boxcars by applying wine ventilators in the upper panel of the dreadnaught ends and ventilated doors to the side.  Unfortunately, neither photographs nor ACL correspondence indicating if the experiment was a success have surfaced to date.

Buddy Hill

Ravenel, SC

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