Re: Mystery boxcar at Saluda

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>

Steve Lucas wrote:
On page 86 of Spring, 2008 Classic Trains, there is a photo of a train ascending Saluda grade on the Southern Ry. As usual, the photographer concentrated on that black smoky thing pullin the train instead of the what was behind it. Can anyone shed some light on the boxcar behind the loco in the photo--the reporting marks seem to be SP 1xxxx, but looks like a USRA steel sided-rebuild such as the Gerogia RR cars, with a radial roof??
Yep, and the second digit is "4" -- it's an SP Class B-50-15 box car, rebuilt with steel sheet replacing the old wood sheathing. There are many photos, and a detailed class history, for these cars in my Vol. 4 on SP Freight Cars, which covers box cars.

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