Re: Photo: Installing A New Deck On A Flat Car (Undated)


Another thing I thought of is how they will be hitting those bolt holes in the stringers.  Each board is fastened, it appears, with four bolts, probably carriage bolts.  Two go into the middle stringer on each side and two go into the structure at the side frame of the car.   If every other board is pre-cut to fit around the stake pockets, the crew would naturally want to fit those first and check the spacing between them.  Note the guy at the far end of the car with a pry bar.  Once the boards are laid out, the crew then has to drill them for the bolts, and you can tell where the holes in the steel stringers are if you can see the bolt holes on either side.

Ron Merrick

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