Re: X43C side sills
Thanks, this is what I needed. I have the culprit (Branchline) half-
built and I realized all the photos I saw were the modified cars with
plain keystone. For the early 60s era, then, I'm in the clear.
Thanks also to the PRR truck list that shows ASF A-3 for these cars.
--- In STMFC@..., "Gatwood, Elden J SAD "
area fitted to some X43 carshave my
photos here to check), and also involved removal of running boardsand some
ladder cut-downs. Cars were repainted into the then-current "PlainKeystone"
scheme.appeared to me
that the majority of X43 class cars got this fix. No, I do notremember it
going into PC days, so the program may have only run through '67.trapezoidal shape
reinforcement, but I will have to find a photo. I think there is aphoto in
one of the Morning Sun books.I have
never seen one. All of the later fixes I have seen were repaintedin PK
lettering, since SK repaints ended in Dec of '61.PRR. They
rapidly exhibited sagging and cracking problems, necessitatingthese fixes.
The X43C was the worst, since they were often diverted into coilservice and
other uses involving forklifts, that contributed to the problem.The PRR,
just a few years after buying all those X43 cars, decided to designtheir own
class to follow, the X46, which featured a full-length side sillmade of
shallow channel, doorway stiffeners, and an extra side post abovethe
bolster. These latter cars lasted until CR, while the X43 weresold off,
some to companies like USRE, who refurbished them and sold/leasedthem to