Re: Prototype Discoveries

Tony Thompson

Bruce Smith wrote:

Rather, these were state laws, passed by state legislatures and signed into law by state governors and thus they truly OUTLAWED these types of cabins (no "quotes" needed), making their use against the law. As in go to jail or pay really big fines if you don't fix the problem. 

Like many states, California outlawed bobbers early in the 20th century, and SP quickly complied. In the early 1960s, for another example, the state Public Utilities Commission (descendant of the former Railroad Commission) imposed a rule that cabooses had to have retention toilet facilities (and outlawed many minor features common on older cabooses). SP had a lot of older wood cabooses that they were not about to spend the money to equip with toilets, so they largely disappeared quickly — except, again, for one of those exceptions for local train use.

Tony Thompson

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