Re: Flat Car Chains, Was: Poultry Car Tarps

Eric Hansmann

On September 26, 2018 at 4:22 PM Rod Miller <rod@...> wrote:

The chain and hook, apparently on both sides of the coupler,
on the flat car caught my eye. I speculate the car was used
in some sort of logging service where the chains would have
prevented a train break because of uncoupling on rough track.
Or were chains with hooks commonly used in some locations?

Rod Miller


These end sill chains and hooks are common on some early 20th century flat cars and gondolas with drop ends. Long loads would extend over a car end to another car. These chains and hooks would keep the paired cars together in case of accidental uncoupling. 

Eric Hansmann
Murfreesboro, TN

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