Re: [Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] New images on Steamtown site today

Gatwood, Elden J SAD


On the PRR most were round (all early PRR boxcars, most early flatcars, hoppers and gons), but all applications where the brake had to lock with other than something like a ratchet and pawl, and in all drop applications, were square (F41, F49).

Elden Gatwood

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Subject: [Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] New images on Steamtown site today

This year at Lisle I heard several people discussing the need for small square stock for use as brake staff material. At the time I was thinking that the brake staffs that I had seen years ago when they were still common were round not square. The photo of the Pennsy car shows it ti be round, with only the top for they wheel and the place for the ratchet to be forged square. Maybe some other cars had square brake staffs.

Walter Stafa

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