Re: C&O MW Photos

Claus Schlund \(HGM\)

HI Garth,
I’m thoroughly enjoying the photos – go ahead and hog some bandwidth!
Claus Schlund

From: Garth Groff and Sally Sanford
Sent: Monday, May 18, 2020 11:26 AM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] C&O MW Photos
I think X-1218 and 705 were the only cars I found with old lettering. I'm sure there must have been some kind of logic to it, but the numbering schemes probably changed from time to time, especially through mergers. Almost everything else except Burro Cranes had Chessie System numbering by the time I came to the area. MW cars were all numbered in the 9XXXXX series. I began to detect some sort of pattern, such as 910XXX seemed to be for boxcars and so on. Then I ran across some cars that seemed to blow this idea out of the water. (Sigh!)
Agreed that MW equipment is often a goldmine for cars from our era, and fortunately some cars in MW service have gone to museums for restoration to something at least approximating revenue-service condition.
I have more C&O goodies to share, and some Southern and N&W too. And then I might go on to some really keen stuff I found on New Hampshire shortlines around 2000 (like hoppers with New Haven lettering still showing!). I don't want to hog too much band width though.
Your Aye,
Garth Groff 
On Mon, May 18, 2020 at 10:17 AM mofwcaboose via <MOFWCABOOSE@...> wrote:
Some railroads  always identified the type of camp car on the side, some railroads identified them by prefixes  or suffixes in the number, and some did not bother at all,,,the C&O was in the latter group. No comprehensive roster of C&O equipment has ever surfaced, and the COHS has published some  booklets, but nothing really definitive. Thus identifying C&O camp car types is rather speculative. While it is safe to say that these cars are either tool or material cars, one cannot go further then that. The one with the bars behind the windows might be a tool car; the bars are to keep someone from breaking in and stealing the tools (as if anyone could fit through those windows!).
Nonrevenue equipment can be a valuable look at old rolling stock, provided information is available on their history. Again, some railroads were good in that regard, others not so much.
John C. La Rue, Jr.
Bonita Springs, FL


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