Re: Stars On Boxcar Door?
On many roads a star on the door or near the number on a baggage or express car would signify that the car was equipped for a messenger, and that someone may be on board. We don't know the story behind this photo, but if the car was intended to carry any of those people in a passenger train (one does have a bed roll), that may be the case here. There is a camp car nearby.
On the Lackawanna steel cabooses a star near the number denoted a flush toilet. Might convey the same message, after all.
....Mike Del Vecchio
From: Tim O'Connor timboconnor@... [STMFC]
Sent: Thu, Aug 4, 2016 11:18 am
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Stars On Boxcar Door?
The car appears to have steel side sheathing. The Southern Pacific
had single sheathed auto box cars built with steel sheathing, such as
the 50 foot A-50-10. But the posts and diagonals are closer together
than on that SP car, so I wonder if this is a 40 foot car.