Silk Car on PRR 1943


Gatwood, Elden J SAD
 

Gang;

One of the interesting special loads notes in the ORER has to do with the PRR's "silk cars" X31A, modified 1943 for this service. Got to thinking this has to be for the Airborne's parachute industry, as by '43, it was not going to "nylons", was it?

http://digital.hagley.org/islandora/object/islandora%3A2364785?solr_nav[id]=e15f9ca5810115712d1a&solr_nav[page]=3&solr_nav[offset]=21

So, how did the interior racking of silk work? There appears to be a cross-car rail for something to roll onto, plus these rails to move the load to either end. Anyone know how this worked?

Elden Gatwood

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