Re: common cars with planked roofs

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>

Kurt Laughlin wrote:
So early cars didn't have roofwalks at all, the brakemen just walked on the roof (or what appeared to be the roof)?
No. There are 1867 Central Pacific photos which clearly show running boards, and the roofs appear to be OUTSIDE metal roofs. One of these photos is in my SP Freight Cars, Vol. 4. The great majority of cars in subsequent years DID have running boards to provide a level walking surface.

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