Re: Santa Fe Freight Near Victorville - Mystery Loads

Tim O'Connor

To me it appears that each car has 8 individual objects of perhaps 10 to 12 feet in length.

I don't think they are wine barrels, or pickle barrels, or vinegar tanks, or railroad ties.

Bruce's suggestion of wood pipe seems wrong for the era of the picture (although I do have
images of ATSF flats loaded with wood pipe decades earlier) but something WRAPPED in wood seems
quite possible.

It's an official ATSF photo so perhaps it was a very special shipment. I have some amazing
shots of weird (and probably uncommon) loads on flat cars.

Tim O'Connor

On 2/20/2020 3:08 PM, Bruce Smith wrote:

Given the inability to enlarge the picture due to pixelation, I doubt that anyone will be able to answer that question. Some options that it might be:
- wood pipe
- wood tank (barrels seem unlikely as they usually had a taper at each end and this load does not appear to have that
- something wrapped in wood for protection, typically of bearing surfaces. I thought a large shaft, but the load would probably be too heavy for the cars it is loaded on.



Bruce F. Smith            

Auburn, AL

"Some days you are the bug, some days you are the windshield."

On Feb 20, 2020, at 1:26 PM, Bob Chaparro via Groups.Io <chiefbobbb@...> wrote:

Santa Fe Freight Near Victorville - Mystery Loads

A photo from the Kansas Historical Society:

Click on the photo to enlarge it, then click on the "Enlarge" button to further enlarge it.

Caption: "Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe manifest train (a fast freight train hauling perishables or livestock) with caboose ATSF 1810 brining up the rear of the train. This photograph was taken in the high desert of California near the Mohave River near Victorville, California by R. C. Bradley for AT&SF."

Does anyone know what are the loads on the six flat cars ahead of the three tank cars?


Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts

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