Re: Photo: Chemical Vessel On Southern And L&N HD Flatcars
Steven D Johnson
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L&N #24955 was built by Thrall in January 1965. The nearly identical 300-ton Southern car #50099 was also built by Thrall in 1/65, and was intended for joint use with the L&N’s car.
In March 1963, L&N transported a huge refinery isocracking reactor vessel built by Combustion Engineering in Chattanooga, TN. At the time, that shipment was the heaviest ever for L&N and possibly for any railroad in the nation; however, L&N had to use 12-axle flat cars from the Pennsy and Soo Line to haul that monster load. In 1964, in anticipation of other such shipments, L&N officials decided to purchase the railroad’s own 12-axle flat car, the #24955.
Even though this is beyond the group’s time frame, I thought some would be interested in that background information.
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of Bob Chaparro via groups.io
Photo: Chemical Vessel On Southern And L&N HD Flatcars
Photo from the Pullman Library:
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