Re: old question about roof walks for new members


Tim O'Connor
 

Here's an old question about roof walks for new members - Were many
steam era roof walks (particularly wooden roof walks) unpainted? This
is particularly addressed to men who actually were atop the cars.
Ed,

The half-life of unpainted wood in railroad service is quite brief.
I've never seen a photo of a new box car with an unpainted wooden
running board. Replacement planks sometimes did not get painted, or
sometimes the paint just wore off.

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