Re: Late 40's to mid 50's military rail movements

Richard Townsend

Pure speculation on my part: the war was over and the army did not need the cars. But the pent up consumer demand had been released and the railroads had beaten many cars to death during the war, so they needed cars. The government got a little cash (likely "little" given how cheaply they disposed of war surplus) and the railroad got some cars at a bargain rent.

Richard Townsend
Lincoln City, OR

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From: Rupert Gamlen <gamlenz@...>
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Sent: Sun, Oct 17, 2021 3:22 pm
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Late 40's to mid 50's military rail movements

The 1947 and 1948 CB&Q ORER’s listed 40 U.S. Army boxcars (24167, 24169-24182, 24184-24186, 24190-29195, 24197-24210) as operated under lease by the CB&Q. They were 37’ 9” outside length, inside height 7’ 10”, 80,000 lb capacity with 6’ x 7’ 6” doors and steel center sills. I wondered if this lease/listing was a way to facilitate interchange as opposed to resolving a shortage of cars.

Rupert Gamlen
Auckland NZ
From: <> On Behalf Of Dave Owens
Sent: Monday, 18 October 2021 9:52 am
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Late 40's to mid 50's military rail movements
Bruce Smith is spot on about USAX (later DODX six-axle flat cars). They were manufactured in 1953 to handle the Patton family of tanks, which were considerably heavier than their predecessors.
Prior to that, general service railroad flats would have been used to transport tanks and other vehicles. Gondolas were also used if a vehicle would fit in the gon.
There were DF boxcars owned by the Navy that arrived in the 1950s for hauling munitions.
Most military freight cars from World War I through World War II were tank cars for hauling fuel and other chemicals.
Dave Owens
West Hartford, Connecticut

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