Re: Hoppers from early 20th century


Benjamin Hom
 


Jon Miller wrote:
"Interesting that the steel cars have archbar trucks."
 
Considering the date of the photo, there's nothing weird about the mix of cars or the archbar trucks at all.  Keep in mind while the first steel freight cars were hoppers and gons, not all in service coal cars would be replaced right away.  Also, the early steel cars would use existing truck technology, and railroads were reluctant to abandon archbar trucks right away due to sunk costs even as cast sideframe trucks became readily available.  For example, some early PRR Class X29 boxcars were equipped with archbar trucks.  Loree's D&H actually submitted a proposal to re-equip archbar trucks with roller bearings in the 1930s!
 
 
Ben Hom

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