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274714, at least, appears to have had a MORTON
running board and brake step.
The photo date is 1977, but the car is almost certainly original.
On 12/22/2019 2:21 PM, Ed Hawkins wrote:
I have a question on ATSF Bx -48 on
the running board. In your spreadsheet on Steam Era
Freight Cars you state the ATSF Bx-48 has U.S. Gypsum
(expanded metal) and Pierre in his kit 105.1 states Apex
Tri-Lok. Do you know if Pierre’s choice is correct
I appreciate your comments. Thank
I have corresponded off-list with Lester about this
question. For the STMFC discussion group I offer the following
For the ATSF Bx-48 box cars 274000-274749, my
STMFC roster with file name "Postwar AAR 4-4 IDN & NSC
(1945-1950s).pdf" that states G1 (U.S. Gypsum of the
expanded metal design) is incorrect. My apology for the
error, and I have made a correction to my list to denote M*
for Morton running boards/brake step. The asterisk indicates
the possibility than one or more other types may have been
used on the order of 750 cars.
For anyone who has downloaded the file,
please annotate your copy accordingly.
The ATSF box car diagrams denote many
specialties but do not specify the running boards/brake
steps for the Bx-48 cars. I also lack having ATSF or
Pullman-Standard documentation for these lot 5832 cars that
specifies the type(s) of running boards/brake steps applied
to the entire series. For a long time, my only photo from
the Bx-48 class was a side view of 274332. From this photo I
originally identified the running boards/brake step as U.S.
Gypsum, but a closer look shows Morton.
The only other Bx-48 photo I’ve seen is the
Pullman-Standard builder photo of 274199 published on p. 345
of the 1949-1951 Car Builders’ Cyclopedia. The print quality
makes it difficult to discern that the car had a Morton
running board & brake step. Patrick C. Wider published
the same photo obtained from the Library and Archives Canada
on p. 207 of RP CYC Volume 31-32.
If members of the STMFC have other photos of
ATSF Bx-48 box cars with a clear view of the running
boards/brake step, please share in order to help determine
if Morton was the only type used.