Re: fire truck delivered in Oregon on a PRR end-door box car


Todd Sullivan
 

And most of those fire trucks came from the American LaFrance plant on the east side of Elmira, NY on the PRR's Elmira Branch.  Since the plant was on the Erie RR main line, the manufacturer had to drive the fire trucks over a couple of blocks to a siding on the PRR to load them using a ramp.  Big fire trucks (hook and ladders) needed the X30 auto boxcar because of their length, but smaller trucks such as pumpers could use the PRR's X31 and X32 classes of end door boxcars.  BTW, Elmira was also home to Ward LaFrance, another fire truck manufacturer.  Their plant a bit west of the city center was serviced either by the Erie or the DL&W.

Todd Sullivan

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