Re: Hoppers from early 20th century


Railroads didn't want to give  up on their parts investments in archbar trucks in 1905-ish timeframe.  Even early cast frames were designed to utilize the journal boxes from old trucks (started on C&O around 1910).  Therefore, as these early steel hopper cars and FB gondola cars started to develop rivet hole opening and cracking issues, they had to be rebuilt in the early mid-1920s.  Forty ton house cars got their de-rated old 50-ton trucks and rebuilt coal cars got the latest cast sideframe trucks.
Al Kresse

From: "Jon Miller atsfus@... [STMFC]"
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Monday, June 8, 2015 10:35:13 AM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Hoppers from early 20th century

On 6/8/2015 6:58 AM, water.kresse@... [STMFC] wrote:

I believe they were wooden flat-bottom gondola cars . . . about ready to bust in the middle.  Good catch. 

    John Allen would have loved those!  Interesting that the steel cars have archbar trucks.

Jon Miller
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