Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>
Dennis Storzek wrote:
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.True. I haven't seen a single car from that era with laterals. The reefer story is a somewhat different issue and has been explored in detail several places.
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