Re: Furniture Boxcars

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>

Bob Chaparro wrote:
Can someone provide a brief history of the furniture boxcar? I assume these were mainly used for shipping personal property before a nation's road system became more developed.
They may have been so used occasionally, but were primarily used to ship NEW furniture from the makers to the sellers. This was important when box cars were mostly a lot smaller and of low tonnage capacity, so the low density of furniture could justify a bigger body.

Did these cars have special loading devices? Is there a point in time that furniture boxcars generally fell out of use?
No on the devices. They fell out of use when conventional box cars were big enough for furniture shipping -- 50-foot cars, for example.

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