Re: Hoppers from early 20th century

Bruce Smith


No 6’ gauge in 1912, afaik ;)  

I think that the center track is demonstrating a style of guard rail.  I can’t tell if the guard rails are the inner or outer rails, but there are photos of up to 5 rails on a PRR line at a similar time.  One theory is that the extra rails may have provided additional support for blind locomotive drivers on tighter curves, but that theory has the logical problem that the support is only on one side of the rail, yet the track curves in both directions.



Bruce F. Smith            

Auburn, AL

"Some days you are the bug, some days you are the windshield."

On Jun 8, 2015, at 2:59 AM, John Larkin jflarkingrc@... [STMFC] <STMFC@...> wrote:

Also interesting is the center track which looks like dual guage or long gauntlet track.  Don't  I've ever seen a piece quite like this.  Wasn't the Erir 6' originally?

John Larkin

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