Re: Boxcar anatomy question
Rich: Hmmm...maybe. I don't have access to that issue of PM, so I'll
try again: They are the pieces at the outermost point of the four
bottom corners of the car, on the cars that have them. They project
vertically downward from the corner posts, and like Tim suggests, they
look like they may be fabricated or possible cast pieces. Visually
they look like a continuation the side sills wrapping around the
corners, but they usually appear to project a little lower. On many
cars the grabiron-style steps on the end sills do attach to them.
From the side view, they are immediately toward the ends from the side
stirrup attachment points--i.e., side stirrups usually do not appear
to attach to them. They sometimes have poling pockets on the end
faces--and that indeed may be their functional origin, more
essentially than as step attachments. They seem to be common on
1930s-1940s-era steel boxcars and less common on later builds or
rebuilds. Some examples from HO models: they are part of the casting
on IMRC 12-panel boxcar shells and Red caboose AAR boxcar shells, but
not not IMRC or Kadee PS-1 boxcars.
--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, richtownsend@... wrote:
called out 223 different items on a 50-ton AAR standard 40-foot
boxcar. I'm not completely sure of what item I think you are
referring to, but it might be the sill step bracket, which is the
piece below the side ladder (and below the level of the side sill) to
which the sill step (sometimes called the stirrup step)is attached.
Is that the piece you are referring to?