Re: class of this ATSF box car?
The Fe-5 and 15 also received those large channel side sill tabs in later years, as did the Fe-19.
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From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> on behalf of Eric Lombard <elombard@...>
Sent: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 5:24 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] class of this ATSF box car?
Tim and Charlie... and everyone else who might have an interest:
Observations and thoughts...
In my original response(s) I did not consider the the other classes because the physical features of the car indicated Fe-19 to me.
1. The cars get bigger with time:
The end features of the cars are apparently NOT class specific - at least that anyone has been able to determine. Rather mixes of "reverse" Dreadnaught and reverse Murphy panels and blank sheets are used in all classes (and in 50-6 cars being rebuilt at the same time). In both cases the two ends of the car may be different.
Some of the cars were renumbered:
Fe-05 63000-63254 RENO 4400-4648 begin 1956
Fe-12 63651-63750 RENO 5100-5199 begin 1953
Fe-15 63255-63504 19 RENO 6360-6378 1943, IH 12-4, end doors, airplane, RENO back 1945-6 to original height
20 RENO 6670-6689 1944, XAP airplane parts, RENO back 1945-6
All remaining cars with end doors RENO to 6700-6723 1949
Fe-19 5200-5599 5 RENO to 6550-6554? 1957 but off roster 1-1958
Photos of Fe-12s in original or renumbered series are probably rare. There were only 100. None of the usual on-line sites have one, nor any publication I have examined. If someone out there has one I would love to have a peak at it!
Thanks entertaining my thoughts on this!