Re: Shorpy pic Omaha railyard 1938

Eric Hansmann

I would agree with Marty on the use of lever-type hand brakes.



There are a couple elements about the image that make it difficult to see staff-mounted handbrake wheels sticking above the car ends. One is visible in the foreground on a Rock Island car. As you scan deeper into the image, the photo angle and the distance work against us to see these details. After zooming in a bit, I’m unable to determine if I see a brake wheel or part of a latitudinal running board on the dreadnaught end car in the near center of the image, just before the steam loco tender. The car just beyond looks like it might have a lever-type hand brake and the details are a bit fuzzier.



Eric Hansmann

Murfreesboro, TN




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In addition to Bob's comment - it looks to me like one or two of the cars with visible B ends have lever-type hand brakes.


Marty McGuirk

Manassas, Va.

On September 15, 2017 at 8:03 AM "gn2059@... [STMFC]" <STMFC@...> wrote:




The boxcars that don't have a visible hand brake likely have power handbrakes, and don't project over the end of the car. And you're looking at the A ends of the cars. 



Bob Heninger

Minot, ND


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