Re: [RPM-forum] Watervliet Arsenal flat car number 1


Bruce Smith <smithbf@...>
 

I said:
The car was definitely active just prior to WWII and was photographed by both
the New Haven (published in Railway Age) and the SP (published in
"America's Fighting Railroads")
I should add for those without America's Fighting Railroads, the same photograph can be found in Southern Pacific's Coast Line Pictorial (Thompson and Signor, Signature Press). This photo is key in that it shows the car being unloaded on the left coast. This indicates that this car was used to deliver guns anywhere needed and not just for in-plant service, making it an interesting odd-ball car for a pre-WWII or WWII era fleet.

Regards
Bruce

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