Re: DS/SS split 1945 MILW help needed


Richard Hendrickson
 

On Oct 13, 2007, at 10:05 AM, laramielarry wrote:

There are a large number of cars in 1945 whose sheathing type is
Unknown at present, but regardless of their classification, it is
apparent that the MILW underwent a huge transition from 1945 to 1950,
slashing 99% of its DS fleet, doubling its steel fleet and trimming
over 2,300 of its SS cars. Most or all of the added steel cars were
rib-sided (7,307 minimum).

Here is a listing of most of the unknowns, all of which are described
in the ORER as "Steel Underframe".

Note that all of the dimensions in the following series are
identical; all other MILW cars with these dimensions are double
sheathed.
Road, AAR, Kind, Series, IL, IH, Door, Capy, Qty 1945, Qty 1950
MILW, XM, Box, 81482-81998, 41'0", 8'8", 5'6", 80000, 32, NA
MILW, XM, Box, 82736-83480, 41'0", 8'8", 5'6", 80000, 56, NA
MILW, XM, Box, 84000-87480, 41'0", 8'8", 5'6", 80000, 386, NA
All three series were double wood sheathed with Bettendorf underframe
and wood ends, built in 1907.

MILW, XM, Box, 206500-206500, 41'0", 8'8", 5'6", 80000, 1, NA
MILW, XM, Box, 208100-208178, 41'0", 8'8", 5'6", 80000, 52, NA
MILW, XM, Box, 208200-208862, 41'0", 8'8", 5'6", 80000, 200, 18
MILW, XM, Box, 208900-209260, 41'0", 8'8", 5'6", 80000, 0, 4
All were cars of the same design as the three series above except that
they were built as auto cars with 9'6" wide door openings and, in some
cases, wood full height-and-width A-end doors, later converted with the
end doors and auxiliary side doors either removed or secured shut.

These are also likely to be DS:
Road, AAR, Kind, Series, IL, IH, Door, Capy, Qty 1945, Qty 1950
MILW, XAB, Auto, 206200-206499, 40'9", 8'8", 10'0", 80000, 14, NA
MILW, XM, Box, 206200-206499, 40'9", 8'8", 9'0", 80000, 6, NA
MILW, XAB, Auto, 206200-206499, 40'6", 8'8", 10'0", 80000, 31, NA
MILW, XM, Box, 206200-206499, 40'6", 8'8", 9'0", 80000, 9, NA
As above but with the original 1-1/2 doors still functional. Built ca.
1909-'10.

If anyone knows whether these Unknowns are DS, SS, Steel, or
rebuilds, I would appreciate that information. Build or rebuild
dates would also be useful.
Richard Hendrickson

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