Re: other gondola to box car rebuilds - was LNE Rolling Stock

Ray Breyer

Add one more: the W&LE converted 400 wood gondolas in their 43000-43999 and 44000-44999 series into all-wood, double sheathed boxcars in the 22000-22399 series between 1917 and 1918. There were still 275 on the roster in 1930, but the group was don to only four cars by 1934, and they were gone by 1936.

Ray Breyer
Elgin, IL

On Friday, November 10, 2017, 8:13:36 AM CST, 'Eric Hansmann' eric@... [STMFC] wrote:

This is interesting as another regional railroad was also converting older gondolas to box cars in the mid-1920s, too.

The Western Maryland began converting fishbelly center sill, composite gondolas in the 40960-40971 and 40972-40973 series about 1926. Nearly 900 of these gondolas were listed in the 1919 ORER and only 13 listed in the 1927 ORER.

The 1943 ORER lists 805 box cars in the 23000-24999 series with 6-foot doors and an 8-foot interior height. These were double sheathed cars with an odd bolster to end sill distance. These cars were the dominant box car class on the WM in 1940, and largely unknown to many fans of the railroad.

How many other lines were rebuilding gondolas into box cars in the 1920s?
Eric Hansmann
Murfreesboro, TN


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