Re: Unusual Load - Old Telephone Directories


 

The LV cars were rebuilt double door cars, leaving the left door in place.  They had recessed straight side sills.  The car appears to be fishbelly.  This is most likely a B&O M12.  Pennsy took over B&O circa 1904 and for about a decade thereafter box cars followed Pennsy practice, opening to the left.   I offered an M-12 model.  Check the web site to see if it is currently offered. – Al Westerfield
 
Sent: Monday, August 25, 2014 10:47 AM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Unusual Load - Old Telephone Directories
 
 

Gary Laakso wrote:
"As noted before, the door opens to the left, unlike the USRA double sheathed boxcar.  Could it be a Leigh Valley boxcar?"
 
Not if the car number is 8405, which doesn't match any of the LV muber series for these cars.
http://www.anthraciterailroads.org/lvrrmodeler/boxcars.htm
 
As Ed Bommer pointed out, LV wasn't the only road with left-opening general service boxcars.  For example, the practice persisted on the Pennsy from the 19th century through Class X25, including 35,000+ Class XL boxcars. This is another instance of modeler's lexicon (in this case, Central Hobby Supply's "Wrong-Way Boxcar" description marketing the Funaro kits) obscuring the truth.
 
 
Ben Hom

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