Re: Throwback Thursday: Ambroid PRR Class R7 Reefer
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Santa Fe designed a whole fleet of multiple use stock cars built on Caswell dump mechanisms, with hatches in the roof. They were used primarily for hauling coke westbound. We offered kits as our 25th anniversary car.– Al Westerfield
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From: Richard Townsend via Groups.Io
Sent: Thursday, March 14, 2019 7:12 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Throwback Thursday: Ambroid PRR Class R7 Reefer
Thanks for those comments. Just a few minutes ago I happened to be reading an RMJ article by Richard Hendrickson on the IM ATSF stock cars. I had been thinking that I could justify a PRR K7 stock car with a shipment of breeding stock, and he mentions just that (and a PRR stock car in SoCal and western ones on Long Island). So now maybe I will get one.
But I still want plastic R7s.
Lincoln City, OR
Keep in mind that in off seasons, stock cars were used to ship any product that would not require weather protection. We discussed this on this forum not too long ago and some known loads included lumber, tires, bricks, straw, and many other items. You should think of them more like a ventilated boxcar than just a stock car. They could be found anywhere. Much more versatile than people give them credit for.
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> on behalf of James SANDIFER <steve.sandifer@...>
I have a record of a PRR K7A in San Bernardino in 1946. Of course during war time all sorts of unusual things did happen. Also a 1952 record of a Santa Fe stock car being cleaned in Toronto, Canada.
J. Stephen Sandifer
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of Douglas Harding
Richard I had the same thoughts about the Broadway Limited K7A stockcar, until I found a document showing one was loaded in S St Paul MN destined for a farmer on the M&StL in Iowa, in my time frame. Despite what many think, stockcars did get off road. A PRR stockcar in Colorado? May not be common, but I suspect it did happen.
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of Richard Townsend via Groups.Io
Thanks, Ben, I had forgotten about that model. Unfortunately, as I my model railroad is set in Colorado, and as I doubt any PRR stock cars made it to Colorado, I have no use for that car, with or without sound. In a way you help me make my point. I'll amend my closing statement from earlier: If we can have Caswell gons and K7 stock cars, why not R7s?
Lincoln City, OR
Richard Townsend wrote: