Malcolm Laughlin <mlaughlinnyc@...>
It's worth noting that the Santa Fe's "Fe" classification (as in "Fe-P") stood for "furniture and automobile" cars. Automobiles seem to have become the more important business category of the two, considering the number of cars fitted with auto-loading and parts racks and assigned to service for specific manufacturers.
Did "furniture" boxes have any special equipment or other feature that made them not suitable for general service loading and thus available for assignment as special equipment ? Or were they just XM box cars labeled for furniture because they had good dimensions, high cube I suppose ?
Malcolm Laughlin, Editor 617-489-4383
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