Re: What Class Boxcar Was This UP Caboose Converted From?


Allen Montgomery
 

Jeff,
You forgot about the high prices that the life guard union was charging in those days.
Allen


On Monday, April 24, 2017 9:38 AM, "'Aley, Jeff A' Jeff.A.Aley@... [STMFC]" wrote:


 
Jack,
 
                You wrote, “I kinda figured that the reason for this conversion was that with the beginning of pool cabooses, the large auto car body was needed to provide room for the pool table. < grinning and ducking>”
 
Actually                , that’s the wrong kind of “pool”.  UP did experiment with Pool cabooses converted from tank cars.  They scrapped the cars after several injuries caused by crews fitting unauthorized diving boards.
 
Regards,
 
-Jeff
 
(Only 23 days too late for April Fool’s Day).
 
 
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It's not uncommon for boxcars that are converted to cabooses or MOW camp cars to have some of the side truss members removed or severed to accommodate windows. The new use doesn't require anything near the original load capacity, indeed it's much like an empty boxcar. But notice also that the severed ends of the diagonals terminate at new horizontal structural members: a Z above the window, and an angle below the window sill. These are connected to the posts on either side of the window, and this revised framing restores some of the lost shear strength. 
 
I kinda figured that the reason for this conversion was that with the beginning of pool cabooses, the large auto car body was needed to provide room for the pool table. < grinning and ducking>
 
Jack Mullen


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