Re: GN Spokane Hillyard Yard Photo

Ralph W. Brown

Hi Bob, et al.,
I’ve studying the 1946 GN Hillyard yard on and off since the link was posted several days ago.  There are two odd looking (to me anyway) cars, the first at the left end of the sixth string of cars from the camera, and the second just to the left of the first on the next track back. 
The first car is a single sheathed boxcar with its door open.  It is similar to a USRA boxcar, but it has on four diagonal braces rather than the usual eight diagonal braces.
The second car looks like a boxcar with what appear to be four windows cut into the side, and perhaps no roof (a coke car maybe?).
Anyone have any idea what either of these two cars might be?
Ralph Brown
Portland, Maine
PRRT&HS No. 3966
NMRA No. L2532


From: Bob Chaparro
Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 10:31 PM
Subject: [RealSTMFC] GN Spokane Hillyard Yard Photo

With a little photo editing this becomes a nice period photo of a lot of freight cars:

Caption: "Spokane yards of the Great Northern at Hillyard in 1946 showed immediately the effects of a nationwide rail strike. Thousands of empty and idle boxcars, oil tankers, gondolas and cattle cars stood on the tracks shortly after the strike was called."

The photo is from a news article titled "Getting There: Hillyard oil contamination puts roadblock in plans for North Spokane Corridor". Here is a link to the article:

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

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