Re: Early 1900's Wood Freight Cars

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>

Andy Carlson wrote:
I think any published conjecture on the loss of
good wood prompting the changeover to steel car
construction is a wee bit revisionist.
From I've heard on this topic, including the PFE Chief Mechanical Officer I interviewed, I agree with Andy (though I'd omit his tactful "wee bit"--or maybe it's sarcastic, in which case I embrace it). And remember, Jack White's expertise on the 19th century does not, by his own admission, extend to the 20th century. There is certainly no indication in the _Railway Age_ discussions of the onset of steel freight car design in the early 20th century which indicate any concern over timber quality.

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