Re: This image and the next three


Dennis Storzek
 

There was never any requirement to have poling pockets. They were a defensive move by the railroads; otherwise creative switchmen would jam the pole wherever they though it wouldn't slip, and if it happened to damage the car, not their problem. Same thing with roping staples; railroads started adding them to keep customers with car movers from ripping the sill steps off. It's a good bet that's how that queenpost disappeared.

Apparently, the DL&W was cheap, and wouldn't spend the money on either.

Dennis Storzek

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