Re: Certainly a "Steam Era" freight car!
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Several other railroads, notably the MP and subsidiaries, had similar cars. They were "weed scalders", used for weed control.
The L&N car is more likely used either to supply steam to a pile driver whose own boiler has been condemned, or, more likely, to supply steam to the hammer being used on a diesel pile driver or locomotive crane. Diesel hammers appeared in the US around 1953 but were not much accepted at first, and a number of diesel cranes swinging a set of pile driver leads towed a car such as this to supply steam for the steam hammer.
John C. La Rue, Jr.
Bonita Springs, FL
From: Steven D Johnson <tenncentralrwy@...>
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Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Certainly a "Steam Era" freight car!
Thanks for that photo! I certainly agree with your statement that L&N had some of the oddest, home-built MofW equipment.
In the Morning Sun Books L&N Color Guide, Volume 2, page 87, there is a shot of this same car at Mobile, AL, in July 1968. The flat car/low side gondola portion was painted “boxcar red,” while the “steam engine” was painted black.
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of George Eichelberger
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Subject: [RealSTMFC] Certainly a "Steam Era" freight car!
While looking for Bucyrus cranes on flat cars, I re-discovered the attached photo of L&N MoW flat 41839 in a pile driver outfit 5-17-70 at Atlanta. (low res version attached)