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Hi Garth and List Members,
Also note that the ONLY east-coast railroad listed
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Sent: Monday, May 06, 2019 2:29 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] There were not a
lot of 50 foot boxcars around in 1929
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
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
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
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?