Re: [Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] Late 40's to mid 50's military rail movements
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I wonder if the reason for the the reason for the "tubing" (timbers?) was to raise the load enough to clear obstructions such as station platforms.
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From: Gatwood, Elden J SAD <elden.j.gatwood@...>
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Subject: Re: [Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] Late 40's to mid 50's military rail movements
Yep, Ed, more than one!
They may have chosen this flat not only because it was a 70-ton car, but also a sturdy cast flat with integral pockets. PRR may have had no role in this, but maybe they did.
Puckering would definitely been evident, as the tank’s entire weight is not on the floor, but spread out over floor and stake pocket lips (!).
The “High & Wides” guys must’ve had a blast measuring this guy to make sure it fit within clearances!
Thanks for sharing!
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Sent: Monday, October 18, 2021 6:39 PM
Subject: [Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] Late 40's to mid 50's military rail movements
Here's an interesting picture for at least two of us. Maybe more.
That's a T43 being delivered to Aberdeen Proving Ground for testing. Date appears to be March 25, 1952.
The big flats weren't available yet. So they chose this 70T PRR flat.
Note the sturdy square steel tubing that is supporting the tank and spreading the load evenly. I imagine there were a few puckers on that one.