Re: Photo: Wabash Mather Boxcar

Steve and Barb Hile
 

Here are a couple of all wood Mather stock cars that were leased by the Rock Island.  The photo is circa 1917.
 
 
Steve Hile



From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of Ray Breyer via Groups.Io
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Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Photo: Wabash Mather Boxcar

Mather applied for his first patent in 1880, and was leasing cars by 1883. By 1900 he had over 1,500 cars in operation. The company's first cars with steel side framing don't appear until around 1915.

For circa 1900 Mather stock cars and the company's typical construction, see the following images:
Ray Breyer
Elgin, IL


On Monday, September 23, 2019, 03:57:13 AM CDT, Donald B. Valentine via Groups.Io <riverman_vt@...> wrote:


Hi folks, 

    Can't recall, when did Mather really get it's start? This is the first Mather car I've seen that has not utilized
commonly available steel channels, angles and such. It appears that they were building wood framed cars in 
much the same way but from how early a date?

Cordially, Don Valentine

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