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Material relating to these waycars is very scant, and I can’t recall the BRHS publishing anything about these cars other than three photos and a diagram. Now that I have found the varied legislation for the states in which the Burlington operated, it helps
to identify where the CB&Q four wheel waycars/cabooses were used and why. For example, Iowa and Missouri – two of the biggest states for CB&Q mileage - had no provision for the use of four wheel waycars in yard or transfer service, unlike Illinois.
Sorting through the legislation of the seven states in which the Soo operated will no doubt produce patterns depending on locations and date – they range in the Report from 1907 to 1913 – as to where the Soo could use its equipment.
On Behalf Of Dennis Storzek
Sent: Thursday, 16 January 2020 5:21 p.m.
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Caboose restrictions c1914
On Wed, Jan 15, 2020 at 04:56 PM, Rupert Gamlen wrote:
The report includes the legislation from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Arkansas, Maine, Michigan, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Virginia, New Hampshire and Washington.
I wish I could remember where I read the info I cited earlier (requirement for steel centersill and a 26' minimum body length) which I recall was imposed by the ICC, but now that I read the above list, all seven states the Soo Line operated
in are included, so it may have been simply based on state laws. However, the time period seems too early; The Soo didn't begin their rebuild program until 1924, and it continued until at least 1928. It is possible, I suppose, that implementation of the state
laws was delayed by lawsuits by the railroads challenging the constitutionality of the state laws, which would require further research.
But this begs the question, what is the purpose of tracking down the source of the regulations? It seems the BRHS has published a lot of information over the years that should allow the type and construction of the cabooses in service at any given time period
in any given local to be pretty well documented, and that's really what matters; if there are photos of cars running, that is what was running.
I suppose that's the reason why I've never put a lot of effort into documenting the reason for the rebuilding of the Soo Line fleet beyond the fact that I know it was completed before my ear of interest.