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This list is very interesting. Note the SP and subsidiaries are
the top owners with 3,100 cars, followed by the GN with 2,550, the
NP with 2,000, UP with 1,501, CMStP&P with 1,000, and even the
little WP with 250. All of these western railroads were heavily
involved in lumber shipments, and despite being classed as XA or
XF, these cars were often used for high-grade lumber.
On 5/6/19 1:31 PM, Steve and Barb Hile
I wonder if the boxcar
without the doors isn't a Rock Island car, built by Pullman
in 1913 with the heavy side sill. Like the attached photo.
The photo is too blurry to read the road name.
Indeed, that is an Illinois Central 50-foot automobile boxcar. I
don’t know why it lacks doors. CB&Q is to the right and a
partial UP car finishes the 50-foot cars.
The weathering variations on the cars in this
image is also very interesting.
Just a couple cars to the left of the IC boxcar is a
BR&P boxcar. This, and a companion negative with another
BR&P boxcar, are two of the only late 1920s images I’ve
seen featuring a BR&P car. IIRC, the Van Sweringens owned
the BR&P at this time.
On May 5, 2019, at 2:56 PM, Claus Schlund
Hi List Members,
There were not a lot of
50 foot boxcars around in 1929, but there were some.
Here is a nice view of
three different ones, all gathered together at the
extreme right side of the image, taken in 1929.
Too bad the negative
has some damage, and the film resolution is not
quite where we can make out the road numbers. I
think the rightmost one (partial view only) is Union
Pacific, the next one moving left might be CB&Q,
but I cannot quite make out the other with the
fishbelly underframe, maybe it is Illiniois Central?