Re: Aluminum Box Cars?

Richard Townsend

Years ago I did a clinic on aluminum freight cars at an RPM meet in Salem, Oregon. I’m visiting the east coast right now or I would dig it out. I had done a fairly exhaustive literature search and covered boxcars, tank cars, reefers, and hoppers. I’ll try to remember to dig it out when I get home next week.

On Jul 20, 2022, at 10:50 AM, Tim O'Connor <timboconnor@...> wrote:

Brian thanks for posting that digital scan C&A 1200.

The distinctive 14 panel aluminum box cars were built for five railroads C&A, NKP, RI, C&O, M&StL.

The Great Northern design was unique to the GN.

On 7/20/2022 10:32 AM, BRIAN PAUL EHNI wrote:

My bad; it was Alton, not GM&O.

 Brian Ehni



From: <> on behalf of Ray Hutchison <rayhutchison2@...>
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Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 9:18 AM
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Subject: [RealSTMFC] Aluminum Box Cars?


There was an Illinois Central aluminum box car on E-bay last week.  Not so interested in the car, but it did get me to thinking... Great Northern had one (only) aluminum box car.  Ebay had a NP aluminum box car listed a while ago.  Where these only experimental cars (I think that I read that somewhere, probably in relation to the GN car)?  Or a prototype for some railways?  (Southern Pacific had the silver overnight cars, but not certain if they were aluminum or not).

Ray Hutchison


Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts NKP 8502 aluminum AAR box car.jpg

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