Re: [Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] PRR and other coke cars
The MONON hauled coke from the Indianapolis Gas and Coke utility to destinations all over the midwest. In our era composite stone gons had boxcar bodies dropped onto them. Roofs were removed for top loading. Door openings were boarded up for loading, boards removed as load was removed.
The composite boxcar bodies had boards removed and were often thought to be stock cars.
As mentioned before, inadequate quenching of the coke combined with air entering the cars as they were hauled in freight trains resulted in fires. On the Monon this usually occurred between Indianapolis and Monon on train 90 which ran in the evenings.
Train crews were good at setting out coke cars that had burst into flames. Local fire departments extinguished the flames, but typically most of the wood was lost.
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From: Bruce Griffin <bdg1210@...>
Date: 10/21/20 2:45 PM (GMT-05:00)
Subject: Re: [Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] PRR and other coke cars
The B&O converted older boxcars into coke gons by removing the roofs and tying the sides together with steel rods (that was the method in photos I have seen). This was done over several decades and the boxcars reclassified as various subclasses of O-39.This happened from the late 20s into the early 50s with different boxcar classes including some M-8, M-13, M-15, M-24, and M-26 boxcars. Confirming Elden's scenario, I saved a post from the B&O Yahoo Group from 2006 and it tells a similar story by first hand account and added it below.
Bruce D. Griffin
I well recall the coke cars in the early 1960s, probably the M-15 series.. The few I saw came to a local foundry. It lacked a between-rails receiving pit, thus the need for a car that
could be unloaded similar to a conventional box car. Those cars I saw all had steel underframes and were very much showing their age with badly faded paint, wear, some rust and dents from probably loading.. When loaded, the doors had been cross boarded on
the inside with planks. The foudrymen would climb onto the top of the car with flat shovels and start shoveling into an adjacent bin. When they reached a level even with the first board, the door was slid open and the plank removed. The men shoveled directly
through the door into the bin. This was repeated until all the planks were removed and the car was finally empty. The planks were returned to the car loose, and the door then closed. They might put four to six men on the car and it would be easily unloaded
in a day. I recall