Re: PRR Boxcar: Number, Please
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Since Tim brought up the roof difference and some may not be aware of what the difference is
X31 and X31a have inset roofs (each side is inset about 3 inches rather than flush with the car sides.
X31b and X31c have flush roof -- flush with the side of the car
From the table below (Jan 1953 ORER data ignore the leading zeros the data is in an old Lotus file which would not sort numbers properly without them. The individual cars for each AAR class are listed in the notes of the ORER) the 69245 should be an X31. The X31 and X31a were built concurrently in 1933 and 1934. TheX31b and X31c were built in 1936. One possibility is that the 69245 was repaired with a new roof and the class changed accordingly or it was an experimental application of the new roof before the X31b were constructed.
Without seeing the photograph in question and how clear the number is if it is really 61245 0r 62245 it would be an X31b
From: Tim O'Connor timboconnor@... [STMFC] <STMFC@...>
Sent: Sun, Mar 12, 2017 5:10 pm
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Re: PRR Boxcar: Number, Please
No, Steve, it IS an X31b - due to the roof difference, as you noted. So
this is a case of a correctly stenciled X31b in a number series listed in
the ORER as X31, X31a. Thus the "indifference" that I referred to extends
beyond the paint shop fumes on a hot summer day. :-)
This doesn't account for Tim's image of 69245 stenciled as a X31b, which clearly should be a X31a.