Re: Photos: Boxcar Being Lowered At Hoover Dam (Circa 1931-1935)

Daniel A. Mitchell

Another possibility is that they may have short section(s) of temporary track at the bottom, and it might be useful to be able to easily move the the car and it’s contents to various locations. That’s not particularly unusual. They sometimes swung and lowered small locomotives into similar sites for moving such cars about.

Dan Mitchell

On Jun 11, 2022, at 2:19 PM, Edward <edb8381@...> wrote:

Probably thought best to keep the contents of that box car intact if it could be placed closer to a work site where the load inside was needed.
That could help prevent things from getting lost, stolen, etc. if the lading had to be transferred from the boxcar to other methods of cartage to get to the worksite.
Think of it as a shopping bag.
It was after all, just a big box that happened to have railroad wheels under it.

Ed Bommer  

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