Re: Interlocker Car


Dennis Storzek <destorzek@...>
 

--- In STMFC@..., "gary roe" <wabashrr@...> wrote:

I realize this question is coming from an era way before most of us
model; but I ran across something I had never heard of before, and
thought I'd run it past you all.

In looking at a listing of freight car equipment for the Wabash
Railroad from 1914, back in the back under Company Service Cars, there
is a listing for 35 "Interlocker Cars". There are no dimensions or
any other data associated with the listing. What is an Interlocker
Car, and/or what it is used for?

gary roe
quincy, illinois
Hmmmm… No one took a stab at this, so I guess I will.

An "interlocker" was the employee responsible for maintaining
interlocking plants. When I worked for the Chicago Transit Authority
back in the seventies, our signalmen were still universally called
"interlockers".

I suspect the "interlocker cars" were simply camp or tool cars
specifically assigned to the signal department; they may have been
special in that they were set up to support a small gang, with part of
the car living space and the rest workbench / tool storage.

Dennis

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