Re: Ye Old X29


arved_grass
 

Tim,

Andy Carlson mentioned that photo he'd presented at Cocoa Beach.

I had figured the PRR Merchandise cars to be similar to SP's Overnight cars. But then, again, perhaps it was used as advertisement. I mean, what else is shipped in a box car, other than merchandise? OK, grain. :-) But by then (1958) the covered hopper was gaining prominence in that commodity.

As little as I know about the SP, I know even less about the PRR. I'm truly ignorant, but it's not terminal. I can be cured through education. I hope! :-)

I am here to learn. I am not an authority on anything this list is concerned about. If I come across trying to appear authoritative, I apologize. It's never been my intent. I answer questions when I think I know the answer. I'm grateful to be corrected. You may notice that I asked "Is it safe to assume..." rather than to state my assumption as if it were fact. If that appears to be presenting a theory rather than asking a question, I need to improve my communication skills.

I think I need to do less writing, and more reading on the list. :-/

Thank you,

Arved Grass
Arved_Grass@yahoo.com or Arved@I-Do-Photography.com
Fleming Island, Florida

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On Fri, 1/16/15, Tim O'Connor timboconnor@comcast.net [STMFC] <STMFC@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: Re: [STMFC] Re: Ye Old X29
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Date: Friday, January 16, 2015, 4:51 AM


Arved one of the photos I sent you is a PRR Merchandise
Service (not REA
express)

X29 in Taylor Yard in Los Angeles, incredibly filthy as Tony
says, and
evidently

simply being used as a box car. But that's in the later
1950's, not 1953.
LCL was

in precipitous decline from 1950 onwards so whole fleets of
LCL box cars
(NYC, SP,

PRR, etc) ended up in general freight service.


Tim O'Connor






Is it safe
to assume these
didn't venture far from home rails, and would be of
little or no interest
to a modeler of Southern Pacfiic's Coast Line? Or might
an express car
have ended up on the Coast Mail in anything resembling a
regular
basis?

       I would say both assumptions are
wrong. They went everywhere. I have memories of seeing PRR
express box
cars at the Postal Annex in Los Angeles when I was a
teenager, and they
made an impression because they were so INCREDIBLY dirty,
far more than
other head end cars spotted there. There were not express
boxes (SP or
otherwise) in every Coast Mail, but certainly in some. I
would doubt,
though, that the PRR express boxes went up or down the Coast
much,
because they were usually east-west travels, but there are
always
exceptions -- just never seen a photo of one on the Coast. I
haven't
modeled one.


Tony Thompson    












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