Re: Burning Box Car
Gatwood, Elden J SAD
Thanks for those insights!
PRR went to all-steel gons with coke containers sometime toward the mid/late fifties due to that same problem. Some customers did not adequately cool their coke before loading.
If you’ve watched a quenching, you can understand why.
I also talked to a rear end brakeman (IIRC) who said they could tell a coke fire from a steel fire, from a hot box, by the smell.
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Mont Switzer
Sent: Thursday, February 25, 2021 11:01 AM
Subject: [Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] Burning Box Car
The Monon had the same problem with composite coke cars used as late at the 1960's. Coke was loaded in Indianapolis and hauled north to destinations throughout the Midwest.
It usually happed between Indianapolis and Monon. Crew saw smoke, set the car out, local fire departments brought water, car usually burned all the way down, mechanical department picked up the remaining metal.
The Monon switched to gons with coke containers in the late 1960's.
main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] on behalf of William Hirt [whirt@...]
In Morning Sun's Rock Island Color Guide to Freight and Passenger Equipment by Steve Hile, there is a picture on page 34 of a Rock Island Outside Braced Wood Sheathed boxcar set off and burning in Cotter, Iowa, in May 1956. The caption states the car was carrying a load of coke. The supposition is either something set the coke on fire, or that the coke was still hot enough when it was loaded that it started a fire on it's own. The picture shows that one pile of the coke is still red hot with small amount of flames coming out the bottom of the car near the remaining door superstructure.
On 2/25/2021 8:11 AM, Gatwood, Elden J SAD wrote: