Re: SLSF 152203 DS auto car and B&A 16000 series flat

Steve and Barb Hile

Hi John,

I won't profess any personal knowledge of these cars, but I will share what can be gleaned from the attached diagram sheet.

These cars were built in 1910 by ACF and Standard Steel Car and were rebuilt by the Frisco in 1937, presumably by the new roof, doors and ends plus AB brakes.  The cars disappear sometime in the middle to late 50's.  The drawing shows a diagonal brace in the lower corners of the sides which does not appear in the photo.  This could be an interesting kitbashing project.

Steve  Hile

-----Original Message-----
From: John Barry
Sent: Feb 2, 2019 11:52 AM
Subject: [RealSTMFC] SLSF 152203 DS auto car and B&A 16000 series flat

Can anyone give me further information about these two cars?  SLSF 152203 was a 40' double sheathed end door auto loader in series SLSF 152000-152228.  It was photographed unloading a DUKW onto a Boston & Albany flat at the San Francisco Port of Embarkation during WWII.  I wrote about the book, Gateway to Victory, back in 2015  
I've looked through the Sunshine all time list and associated flyers and came up with earlier and later cars, but not the 152000 series.  

The B&A flat has to be one of the 186 cars remaining in the 16000-16399 series.  The build date and capacity eliminate the other B&A flats listed in the Jan 45 ORER.  The Canada Southern Railway website lists the cars as members of Lot 300-F built in 1912.  The 4-13 build date in the photo is consistent with an extended delivery from a late 1912 order.  

I would like to model both of these cars.

John Barry
ATSF North Bay Lines 
Golden Gates & Fast Freights 
Lovettsville, VA


PO Box 44736 
Washington, DC 20026-4736

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