Re: Video: Erie Railroad Carfloat Operations in Chicago, 1920
Garth Groff and Sally Sanford
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Yes, that indeed is a car from WP series 15001-16000, built by Pullman in 1916. Most of these were rebuilt before WWII, emerging as stock cars, MW cars and cabooses. The survivors were renumbered 26001-26125, and mostly used in bulk plaster service out of Gerlach, Nevada. A few survived in original condition into the 1960s.
And yes, the round herald was standard on most WP cars at the time of the film. Attached is an example from the 16001-series boxcars (sorry it's a bit fuzzy). The more familiar rectangular herald appeared around 1930, first as an enameled metal plate on locomotives and then spread to freight cars, both painted occasionally as a metal plate.
Garth Groff 🦆
On Mon, Oct 12, 2020 at 12:30 PM Eric Hansmann <eric@...> wrote: