Re: [Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] Flat Car Load Placement

Gatwood, Elden J SAD

Great story, Dennis!

Elden Gatwood

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From: [] On Behalf Of Dennis Storzek
Sent: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 11:57 AM
Subject: [Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] Flat Car Load Placement

On Wed, Aug 14, 2019 at 07:55 AM, Gatwood, Elden J SAD wrote:

I know a "high and wide" guy that was tasked with making sure things fit back in the day, that told me some hair-raising stories. Shippers would get a car, then try to load it either at greatest convenience to themselves, or to as great a capacity (weight or cube) as they wished for.

And checking clearances was important. I had a great story told to me by a Soo Line engineer...

The Soo had a secondary line to Manitowoc WI which was where they connected with the cross lake car ferries. This line also served Manitowoc Shipbuilding, which was also a maker of very large construction cranes. One day in the sixties their train had a huge slewing ring (the circular ring the crane rotates on) perched on a flatcar at the head end of the train. Nobody gave it much thought; big loads were normal out of Manitowoc. Ron says as they left the yard and started their run for the grade out of the Lake Michigan basin, as they passed under the C&NW bridge, there was a resounding DONG, and the crew turned to see the ring rolling along next to the train like a giant hula hoop. They watched as it rolled down the riverbank and flopped into the Manitowoc River. It didn't even derail the car it had been on.

Dennis Storzek

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