The attached photos are of an N&W MoW boxcar I
photographed in the 1990s at Elkton, Virginia. As the detail
photo shows, this car was "built" in 1960, so it fits within
our period of interest. I have no data on these cars (my
ORER is October 1958), and would appreciate any information
the group can supply.
The car appears to have a 7' door, certainly welded
sides, and what appears to be a "banana-taper" late improved
Dreadnaught end. It does not appear in Ed Hawkins' article
on similar AC&F cars in the July 1999 RMJ. It am
wondering if it was home-built or even a major rebuild, as
the N&W had just done to their round roof boxcars.
I was initially attracted to the car by the Henesy
"Side-well" device (which is not within our period), as at
the time I was writing an article on these accessories. Mr.
Henesy and I had a telephone conversation about his
invention. He mentioned that the N&W applied these to
some of their MoW boxcars because staff cuts meant that some
MoW staging locations only had a single employee, so if the
door stuck he could have hard a hard time opening the door.
This Slide-well is actually broken. The wheel and gear box
should be attached to the right edge of the door. Mr. Henesy
said that roughg use (slamming the unit against its
right-side stop) often resulted in stripped gears, which may
be the case here. Later units had clutch of some sort in the
gearbox that prevented this damage. As an aside, I sold the
article to MR, but they never published same.
Mungo Napier, Laird of Mallard Lodge 🦆