Re: Freight car floors

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>

Garth Groff wrote:
You are probably right about not treating the decks on flat cars in the
past, but a preserved car today is a somewhat different matter. Back in
1999 a volunteer group restored Oakland & Antioch flat car 2002 for the
CSRM during Railfair '99. Apparently untreated lumber was used for the
deck. Within a few years the deck had warped so badly that the car had
to be withdrawn from display.
Garth, what I was told was that somebody in that volunteer group decided to save a few bucks and not use kiln-dried wood. Maybe Denny Anspach can tell us more on that topic.

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