Re: Help Identifying Unusual Boxcar (MoPac coke service?)


Chris Barkan
 

I agree that the cars in the SP train appear to have the general appearance and MP stenciling that in almost every way resembles the cars in the photos that Charlie Duckworth posted with one notable exception; the car in the SP train lacks the diagonal bracing.  It is evident that the MP rebuilt several types of cars so there may have been some other variants that one of the MP experts here can speak to.  As to the load, could it have been lumber?  Stock cars were also used for lumber service and as Tim O'Connor pointed out as long as a car was suitable, it might be pressed into service for a commodity that it was not principally intended for.
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Chris Barkan
Champaign, IL

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