Re: [EXT] Re: [RealSTMFC] Late 40's to mid 50's military rail movements

Bruce Smith

I'm not sure that there was any "pucker" factor involved. The T43 at full up combat weight was 60 tons. The load limit of the PRR F30A was around 158,000 lbs, so plenty of room there.

BTW, this is T34 pilot #3. It appears to have been assembled by Chrysler at their Newark Delaware tank plant. Since that plant was served by the PRR the choice of a PRR 70 ton F30A seems pretty appropriate 😉

Bruce Smith
Auburn, AL

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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.


Edward Sutorik

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