Re: Car Builder’s Dictionaries

Nelson Moyer

‘Outside braced’ first appears in Model Railroader in the September 1939 ad for Laconia Industries, Inc. freight cars. Again, blame the editors and manufacturers for introducing and perpetuating incorrect terminology.


Nelson Moyer


From: <> On Behalf Of Benjamin Hom
Sent: Sunday, July 4, 2021 7:06 AM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Car Builder’s Dictionaries


Ed Mims asked:

"Tony Thompson is correct. In the real world they are not "stirrup steps" they are sill steps and always have been. Where did the name 'stirrup steps' come from?"


The same place where "outside-braced boxcar" and "roofwalk" came from - the enthusiast press.



Ben Hom


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