Re: Freight car flooring


SAL mechanical department standards for '47 talk about painting flat
cars "except for woodwork"; they don't say whether the decks were
treated with anything. But the next standard is for wheel cars, and
definitely *does* mention creosoted wood (indirectly, as in don't paint
it). So on wheel cars, it'd seem that at least some of the wood was
creosoted. (1) Since wheel cars were often converted flats or gondolas,
would they be treated the same? (2) If builders didn't creosote new
cars per Mr. Hawkins's info, perhaps some railroads creosoted older

Al Brown, Melbourne, Fla.

--- In, Richard Hendrickson <rhendrickson@o...>

On Jan 15, 2006, at 7:16 AM, Ron Christensen wrote:

The flat cars I have observed were bleached out wood. with a
gray coloring.
My question is did the railroads use treated or creosoted lumber
for flooring?
Flat car decks were almost always treated with some sort of
preservative, often creosote in the steam era. Typically, creosoted
wood weathered to a somewhat darker gray than untreated wood.

Richard Hendrickson

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