Re: photo of R-40-25

Dennis Storzek <dstorzek@...>

--- In STMFC@..., "Bruce Smith" <smithbf@...> wrote:


I would say that the car hasn't been moved in a few days, as the wheel
treads are rusty, but to assume that it is stationary and cannot be
seems a bit a of stretch. It is still equipped with wheels,
couplers and
air hoses and is coupled to a UP boxcar (AFAICT). In addition, the
stencil for Heater Storage appears to be relatively fresh. It is also
just as likely, or more so, that the car was maintained and capable of
motion, and was on the company roles as in company service, and perhaps
even available if the need presented for use as a reefer.

Bruce Smith
It may also have been used to bring the car heaters into a central
location for servicing and storage at the end of the heating season,
and send them back out into the field again for the next season.
Similar to how grain doors were cycled back to the loading points in
the days before paper grain doors.


Auburn, AL

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