Re: AC&F type 19 tank cars?


Tony Thompson
 

Richard Hendrickson wrote:
Helpful though the type designations are, AC&F's use of them wasn't always consistent and is occasionally puzzling.
As Mr. Kaminski has explained, the AC&F types were a kind of default standard at any particular time, but buyers could and did purchase the underframe they wanted; and if for some reason the current standard type was not suitable for a customer's tank cars, AC&F would modify it accordingly. It was a flexible, internal standard (and for underframes only, as many people know by now, not for tanks), so to accuse AC&F of inconsistent or puzzling usage seems to me an odd observation.

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