Re: Car designs and the USRA

Tim O'Connor

It could very well be true about lumber industries. The last double sheathed box cars
were built during the great depression of the 1930's and buying all-steel cars would be
basically sending hard cash EAST rather than keeping at least some of that money in the
form of wages in GN and NP territory. They also bought wood running boards right up
to the rule change that required steel running boards.

On 1/30/2023 1:50 PM, Jim Betz wrote:

  I don't know if it is true - or simply a persistent and often repeated rumor - but I've
heard many times from many different sources (model RRs) that one of the 
reasons for the GN doing double-sheathed cars was to be 'friendly' to its many
online customers that made or sold that product.  The only reason why I 'waffle'
on the veracity of that is because I've never seen anything that even remotely
resembles a "substantiating fact" such as an agreement between GN and a
customer.  Nor, for that matter, not even records of the GN receiving plywood
from its customers.  Did they - quite probably ... just saying I haven't seen the
hard evidence.
                                                                   - Jim in the PNW

Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts

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