Re: Swift Tank Car

Tony Thompson

Bruce Smith wrote:

The photo is circa 1910. These are early "tank on flatcar" types of tank cars with end braces instead of center anchors. Likely most, if not all, were out of service in a just a few more years.

   True as far as it goes, but I feel impelled to expand a little. After about 1875, tank cars were NOT just tanks on flat cars, but had frames that would not be suitable for flat cars (though they often certainly looked that way). Bruce is essentially right about appearance, but not about construction.
     Cars with head blocks instead of center anchors remained in service for decades after 1910, though none were being built that way.

Tony Thompson

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