Re: Photo: Union Carbide Covered Hopper 552


Dennis Storzek
 

Think back to state-of-the-art for safety appliances ca. 1940... all house cars had running boards down the center of their roof. I suspect these were built for in-plant use and Union Carbide had some good reason for the centered hatches, but there may have been some question as to the legality of the arrangement for the move over the delivering railroad, and this was the solution the builder crafted; a temporary centered running board.

Dennis Storzek

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