Re: What Are These Folks Doing?
Doug Harding wrote:
Dennis I’m with you on the idea of the cars being lined with cardboard, ie for bulk loading of flour or some other fine fluid bulk commodity. Coopering for grain only involved boards covering visible voids in the car interior, ie the floor. But bulk loading of things like flour, sugar, cement, and other fine fluid commodities called for the entire car to be lined with paper or thin cardboard. Ground grain, ie feed stock, would qualify for the lining of a car.
Paper and cardboard were used for other than bulk loading. I have a photo of sugar in cloth bags being loaded into a car lined with paper. There may be a variety of bagged products that might need to be loaded in lined cars.