Re: Loading Barrels In A Boxcar


Greg Martin
 

Schuyler,
 
What you are seeing is a 2x? standing on edge to protect the door and doorway from the barrels shifting in transit. This occurs at the top and bottom of the barrels and makes for a good ledger for the false floor above the barrels, this will occur on the second layer as well. It gives you the impression that there is a false floor but there is no need for one. The rule specify in nearly every loading of a closed top load that the door and doorway must be protect from a load shift, the piece of bracing (sticker) that intersects the 2x8 is cut the dimension of the void to also protect the door. Remember that "hunting" is not just the end to end motion but is also the side to side motion of the car caused by the trucks and not the slack action.  Just remember that everything loaded seeks the void, it is the first rule of thumb.
 
Greg Martin
 
Eventually all things merge into one and a river runs through it.
Norman Maclean
 
Bruce writes:

Schuyler,

I would disagree with your assessment of the floor.  Magnify the image and you can see barrels under the floorwork....  

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