On Sun, Jan 26, 2020 at 12:09 PM, Tony Thompson wrote:
Can anyone see whose flat cars they are? I can't read any of the
No luck, the scans are rather low-rez and details just
disappear into pixel legos as I zoom in. What may be reporting
marks appear just left of center of the left-hand car in the first
photo. That area resolves to what seem to be three characters.
This car, closest to the camera in the two outdoor photos, seems to
have a cast steel body, which brings the Commonwealth CNW/PRR/SP 44' 200 ton
cars that have been modeled in several scales to mind. However, unless it's an
illusion caused by photo lens and angle, the car appears somewhat longer, and
the trucks seem to have the proportions of 5'6"+ wb, rather than the 5'0" of
at least the PRR and C&NW cars. The truck sideframes are
flat-topped, lacking the characteristic arch of the 5'0" 100 ton trucks.
So maybe a similar cast car, but say 47-50' length?
Who else had
similar cars? NYC and D&H come to mind, but I don't have hard data or
photos at hand.
The car bearing the other end of the load,
closest to the camera, is different - riveted construction, and with stake
pockets, which we don't often see on very heavy-duty flats. The welding
flare obscures what I think are the marks and number.
clues help somebody recognize these...
not " William Boiler & Manufacturing Company", but "William Bros...",
and Bros is a name, not the abbreviation for brothers. They also made
snowplows, some for railroads.