Re: B&O C-16 Question

Nelson Moyer

Could C-16 cars have gone off line loaded with storage mail like express boxcars that didn’t have end doors? I need to know that before I add steam and signal lines. If they never went off line, I’ll paint and decal the car for a C-16 returned to M-53 freight service.


Nelson Moyer


From: [] On Behalf Of Chris Van Wagoner via Groups.Io
Sent: Monday, May 06, 2019 2:09 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] B&O C-16 Question


I passed you question over to the B&O group and here's the answer:

Having a pass-through electrical circuit for a C-16 express car makes little sense. These cars did not have end doors for access while in a train.  Also, according to their equipment diagram, they had a pass-though steam line, indicating no heat was provided in them. 


As such, the cars likely did not go off B&O lines. Interchanged express cars had to have heat and car-end access in a train. Express cars usually had some kind of lighting in them as well, often by means of a terminal connection.


These cars were often worked (being loaded and unladed) in dark, covered, terminal areas. The only available light being that of the open side door (no windows),more light would be needed inside the cars, especially at night. So that fixture may have been a provision to power added lights inside the car for express workers, by use of a terminal connection - maybe at 110 volts?. 


Nothing is mentioned about interior lights in the C-16 and C-17 diagrams. But the C-15 express car diagram notes 'head end electric' lighting. Car and head-end lighting circuits in the past were often 32 volt systems. 

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