Re: [Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] Photo: Soda Digester On PRR Flat Car (Circa 1920)

Gatwood, Elden J SAD

Yes, indeed, a PRR F23.  The rivets on the deck end any doubt, as does the shortness of the carbody.  In largely as-built form, including the arch bar trucks and safety chains.


Great find, Bob!  Good eyes, Claus!


Elden Gatwood


From: <> On Behalf Of Claus Schlund \(HGM\)
Sent: Sunday, April 4, 2021 3:19 PM
Subject: [Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] Photo: Soda Digester On PRR Flat Car (Circa 1920)


Hi Bob and List members,


If you zoom in enough, under the last A in PENNSYLVANIA, you can make our the class markings - it is a PRR class F23 flat, series 435445-435450 (6 cars).


The road number can be found over the left-most truck, but it is difficult to read, apparently both faded and dirty, it might read 4354X0, with the X obscured by the wire rope, in which case this is car 435450, but I would not bet a whole lot of money on that last part.


Claus Schlund


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Sent: Sunday, April 04, 2021 1:59 PM

Subject: [RealSTMFC] Photo: Soda Digester On PRR Flat Car (Circa 1920)


Photo: Soda Digester On PRR Flat Car (Circa 1920)

A photo from the Maine Memory Network:

Click on the photo and scroll to enlarge it.


“S.D. Warren Paper Co. of Westbrook, Maine used this soda digester or sulphite digester fabricated at the Portland Company, which fabricated machines from steel and is one of the longest continually running factories in New England. This machine combines sulphite with the wood pulp to soften the pulp enough to create paper fiber.”

Notice the stakes placed to keep the cradles from shifting laterally and the steel(?) rods securing the load.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

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