Garth Groff and Sally Sanford
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No, I don't think we are seeing the same thing. I'm not talking about the end as a whole, just what appears to be an extra indent on both sides of the joint to the left of the tack board.
If what I am seeing is what you have commented on, then we are both looking at an early Dreadnaught stamped steel end which used "indented" (or inverted; I have heard both terms used in describing this end) stampings. The joint section had an obstacle rolled flat to allow riveting. This style of end was done quite well in my opinion from Al Westerfield in his ATSF box cars. This same style of end was used in the Pullman Co. built 50' single sheathed auto cars for the WP which MDC did several years ago in the pre-Tahoe Model Works era. There are 100's of examples of this style of end.
On Saturday, January 11, 2020, 11:31:27 AM PST, Garth Groff and Sally Sanford <mallardlodge1000@...
The second photo also captures a rare view of a WP-owned PFE reefer, 50556.
Did you all take note the odd wale in the middle of the D&RGW car's end? It appears to be two sections pieced together, but with a matching additional half-indent in each. I've never seen an end like this before.