Re: common cars with planked roofs

Dennis Storzek <destorzek@...>

--- In STMFC@..., Anthony Thompson <thompson@...> wrote:

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.
But... cars with a wood upper surface on the roof most often did not
have lateral running boards to the ladder locations; the trainmen were
expected to walk on the roof boards. Photos of the Soo Line stockcars
taken in the early sixties show the same arrangement; running boards,
but no laterals, the corner grabs are just bolted to the roof sheathing.

Reefers with inside metal roofs typically didn't have separate
platforms around the hatches. Reefers with OUTSIDE METAL ROOFS (which
were light gauge sheet metal over wood decking) typically had wood
platforms around the hatches, both to provide footing and protect the
roof from being beaten to death by blocks of ice. When these cars were
re-roofed with all steel roofs like the Hutchins Dry Lading,
Chicago-Cleveland Zenith, or SOLID STEEL roofs, the platforms went
away again, because the heavier gauge steel was judged to be able to
take the abuse. Many operators of reefers sanded the roof paint, at
least around the hatches, for better footing.


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