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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
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.
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
"Some days you
are the bug, some days you are
On Feb 20, 2020, at 1:26 PM, Bob Chaparro
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Santa Fe Freight Near Victorville -
A photo from the Kansas Historical
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
Does anyone know what are the loads on the
six flat cars ahead of the three tank cars?