Re: IM Deco End Car Question
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“The IM Deco boxcar has the circle with a horizontal bar across only the center of the circle. That doesn't quite seem to fit any of the signs you describe.”
As I suspected, the symbol on the C&O cars (despite having a horizontal bar)designates cars equipped with lading strap anchors.
From Al Kresse:
Diagram sheet 17 (Aug 4, 1937, late rev'd in 1960) for C&O 5000-5499 series (three series combined here) says "AZ EE lading straps and anchors to 4000-5499" and handwritten Note 2 to 5000-5499 series (both Dreadnaught and Deco ends) "100 cars have AZ EE lading straps." That would be your oval with horizontal bar marking on the door it appears.