Re: Flatcar planking - size of boards? 2x6 seems small

Gatwood, Elden J SAD


What you say dovetails with the boards I looked at on an ex-PRR F41 flat.
The boards were oak, "nominally" 3 inches thick (closer to 2 ½"), and varied
in width to accommodate the distance between stake pockets, inboard of which
were boards cut to a bit wider than the outside width of the stake pocket so
you did not have any boards inboard of the bolsters with notches cut into
them, in that application. That may have been a Pennsy thing. The boards
also varied from about half a foot to about a foot wide, and were drilled to
allow the bolt heads to be fully recessed below the surface of the deck, with
some allowance for wear and tear.

Elden Gatwood


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Subject: Re: [STMFC] Flatcar planking - size of boards? 2x6 seems small


At the 2004 Monon Society convention, ex-carman Bob Schultz displayed an O
scale model of Monon car 7032 that he had scratch built. This specific car
was significant to Bob because as a rip track worker in S. Hammond IN he had
replaced the deck on the real car in the early '50s. Bob related that when
work was slow, the rip track crew would pre-cut 3x wood decking pieces from 7
½ to 12 inches wide. Some pieces had holes pre-cut for the stake pockets. Two
men worked from both ends to the middle. The re-decking took about 1-1/2 days
for two men. These cars are 53'-6" flats built in 1941 and are similar to
the Greenville cars modeled by P2K.


Mike Aufderheide

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Sent: Monday, August 18, 2008 7:05 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Flatcar planking - size of boards? 2x6 seems small
I am building a wood deck for my CB&Q 52' flat and the original brass
deck measures out to a 2x6 which seems small. What size planking
should I be using? Thanks.
Jason Sanford

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