Re: Distinctive Flat Car Toothpicks Timber Load
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Tony, there must have been some flexibility. As I am sure you’ve seen photos, the ERIE delivered a one-piece transatlantic cable, from where to where I am not sure, in a string of, I think, 11 fairly modern steel gondolas, with the cable laid in each gon zig-zag fashion, and then looped up and over into the next car. The gons were all chained together – they certainly didn’t want any sort of break-in-two messing that up!
The train had a banner on it because of the special move, a very unusual shipment.
But the point of the photos I’ve seen is the problem that delayed the shipment: one of the cars developed a hot box! Everything had to be moved into a siding ‘til that could be repaired!!
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Tony Thompson
Sent: Thursday, May 14, 2020 1:44 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Distinctive Flat Car Toothpicks Timber Load
Dave Parker wrote:
As late as the first decade of the 20th century, posters, banners and notices of all kinds were attached to freight car sides, and I recall that those were banned (i browsed ALL of Railway Age while researching the PFE book) in that period, but I can't remember more specifically.
Whether one could obtain dispensation for a really special load, I don't know.