I'm afraid that Al is correct, VGN 50000 was indeed an offset side
car. It was built in 1917 as one of four prototypes for the railroad.
Al and I have been comparing notes, and we have as yet been unable to
determine the source of this design, though as Al mentions, it is
similar to some later Enterprise patents.
--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, SUVCWORR@... wrote:
first offset cars were built for the C&O in 1921 (pg 261) #100000 -100999.
The first patent for the design was issued to John A. Pilcher (#1,433,096)
on Oct 24, 1922. The next patent was issued to Enterprise(#1,537,051) May
1925. Wine received a patent for a different offset design in 1929Mechanical Engineer
for the PRR in 1931 (#1,834,952) and was used in the PRR class H27.(See pg
74 of Karig) See also Karig pg 298-329 for photos. The Winedesign was
licensed to the ARA and was adopted as the 1928 standard practicedesign.