Re: Shorpy pic Omaha railyard 1938


Dennis Storzek
 

The key consideration was a man was not supposed to have to walk on a steel roof; they can be incredibly slippery when wet of snow covered. If the roof had wood sheathing, however, it wasn't any different than wood latitudinal walks, so the railroads omitted same. Many stockcars still had double board roofs, since stock is not considered damaged if the roof drips on them. There were also still a certain amount of inside metal roofs in service, many on reefers, but emos on boxcars. If you see the corner grab irons mounted directly to the roof sheathing, it has to be one of these two types.

Dennis Storzek

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