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Did these boxcars haul wing assemblies from Martin’s Baltimore plant to Omaha or did they originate somewhere else?
On Mar 16, 2020, at 4:57 PM, Tim O'Connor <timboconnor@...> wrote:
The 1950 and 1955 ORER's show a number of 50 foot cars with 11-2
or 11-3 interior heights.
That's clearly extra tall for 1950's box cars!
On 3/15/2020 9:02 PM, Nelson Moyer wrote:
Burlington Bulletin on the extended roof XA-14D cars states
that some served out they’re life without conversion to
original height. I’m traveling, so I can’t access my source
until next week.
On Mar 15, 2020, at 4:31 PM, al_brown03 <abrown@...>
I know of two sources on these:
Culotta, "Freight Cars Reference Manual", v 1, p 192
Masterson, Wagner, and Hoffman, RP CYC 12, pp 46-87 (see
especially pp 78-83)
CB&Q class XA-14D (100 cars, 46650-46749) were built in
the company shops in 1937-38. After Pearl Harbor, 60 of this
class were rebuilt with 26" roof extensions, to carry wings
and other parts for B-26 and B-29 bombers. The modified
XA-14Ds were converted back to their original height during
1946. The Masterson article has two photos of CB&Q 46741
with its extended roof, and Culotta has a 1963 photo of the
same car at its original height.
Al Brown, Melbourne, Fla.
-- Tim O'ConnorSterling, Massachusetts