Re: Photo: Cyclotron Load On C&NW Heavy Duty Flat Car 48053


Welding, yes, that happens all the time.  But I don't think cutting holes in a steel flatcar deck was ever a common practice, especially on cars with those 'keyhole' mounting holes as described.  For one thing, you can't make such a hole with a cutting torch, and just cutting a round hole doesn't buy you much if you can't mount some sort of retaining device, like a nut and washer, which would require access to the underside of the deck.

Ron Merrick

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