Re: Tallest STMFC?


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--- In STMFC@..., "laramielarry" <ostresh@...> wrote:

--- In STMFC@..., "finkfam98055" <finkfam2@> wrote:

A trivia question -
What was the tallest Steam Era Freight Car in interchange service
as
measured from the rail?
Larry Fink
Hi Larry

Here are the series with the largest interior heights for box and
auto cars from the Jan. 1938, Apr. 1942, Jan. 1945, Apr. 1949, and
Jul. 1950 ORERs, with the extreme heights in parentheses at the end:

Road, Series, IL,IH,Door,Capy,#1938,#1942,#1945,#1949,#1950
(Extreme)
ATSF, 6450-6459, 50'7", 12'4", 14'6", 80000,NA,10, 12, NA, NA
(17'1")
ATSF, 6470-6489, 50'7", 12'4", 14'6", 80000,NA,4, 4, NA, NA (17'1")
ATSF, 6330-6347, 50'6", 12'4", 14'6", 66000,NA,NA, 15, NA, NA
(17'1")
ATSF, 6350-6378, 40'6", 12'4", 12'6", 80000,NA,NA, 26, NA, NA
(17'1")
MILW, 272000-272016, 50'6", 12'4", 12'0",100000,NA,NA,17,NA,NA
(17'1")
MILW, 272100-272104, 50'6", 12'4", 12'0",100000,NA,NA, 5,NA,NA
(17'1")
MILW, 272200-272209, 50'6", 12'4", 12'0",100000,NA,NA,10,NA,NA
(17'1")
MILW, 272300-272302, 50'6", 12'4", 12'0",100000,NA,NA, 3,NA,NA
(17'1")
RI, 259000-259019, 50'6", 12'4", 12'0", 64000,NA,NA, 20,NA, NA
(17'0")
RI, 260000-260005, 50'6", 12'4", 12'0", 64000,NA,NA, 6, NA, NA
(17'0")
RI, 263000-263007, 50'6", 12'4", 12'0", 64000,NA,NA, 8, NA, NA
(17'0")
RI, 264000-264149, 50'6", 12'4", 12'0", 64000,NA,NA, 21,54, 54
(17'0")
SI, 1672-1698, 39'0", 12'0", '", 80000, 14, NA, NA, NA, NA (16'0")
UP, 561000-561199, 50'6", 12'4", 15'0", 100000,NA,NA, 36,NA,NA
(17'0")
UP, 561134-561182, 50'6", 12'4", 15'0", 45000, NA,NA, 4, NA,NA
(17'0")
UP, 562000-562199, 50'6", 12'4", 15'0", 100000,NA,NA, NA, 4, 5
(17'0")
UP, 563000-563199, 50'6", 12'4", 15'0", 100000,NA,NA, NA, 3, 4
(17'0")
UP, 563182, 50'6", 12'4", 15'0", 45000, NA, NA, NA, 1, 1 (17'0")
UP, 564000-564199, 50'6", 12'4", 15'0", 100000,NA,NA,NA, 4, 5
(17'0")

All of the series except the Spokane International have an IH of
12'4.
The SI cars are interesting in that they appear earlier than any of
the others and are 10" higher (IH) than their nearest competitor in
1938. The ORER says they "have been changed from Flat cars to
Temporary Box cars."

Best wishes,
Larry Ostresh
Laramie, Wyoming
Thanks to all who responded to my question about the tallest steam-
era car. It's great to have that information captured. Being a
Seattle Boeing employee now, I'll have to check out those steam-era
UP cars used to ship airplane assemblies between Seattle (or Renton)
and Wichita!

Evidently, the tallest was the 17'-3" CB&Q extended-height XA-14D
cars circa 1942-1944 reported by Rupert Gamlen. Larry Ostresh
provided a valuable list of other tall cars from the ORERs.
Evidently the extended height of the CB&Q cars didn't make it into
the ORER (or did it)? I've since discovered references to
this "bomber box" CB&Q car used between Baltimore and Omaha for B-26
production, and note that it's for sale as Sunshine Models kit
#22.5. A photo of the kit and prototype information can be found at
http://www.sunshinekits.com/sunimages/sun22c.pdf

Larry

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