On May 31, 2008, at 10:29 AM, shile@... wrote:
The USQX cars are a bit more problematic. The builder's photo in
Perhaps, but in this case let's not speculate where we have
information. The Quartermaster Corps purchased 285 USG-A 10K gal.
tank cars from AC&F ca. 1943. These differed from the USG-A type
cars AC&F built for its own Shippers Car Line leasing subsidiary in
several respects, most notably in the underframes, which in all
photos of these cars appear to be of similar (though not identical)
design as those on the GATC cars purchased by the QMC at about the
same time. Those underframes were built new for the USQX cars in
question. AC&F was, of course, perfectly capable of building such
underframes if that's what the QMC wanted, and apparently that's what
was specified. Note that the underframes for AC&F tank cars weren't
built at the Milton, PA tank car plant; they were built at the
Berwick, PA freight car plant and sent to Milton on their own wheels
to have tanks applied.