Re: Boxcar construction details, C&EI 65000-65499

Ed Hawkins
 

On Feb 12, 2009, at 8:31 PM, Mark Heiden wrote:

1) These cars were built in at least two lots in 1951 and 1952. Which
car numbers were built which month and year? I have March 1951 for
65095, and April 1952 for 65360.

2) What sort of brakewheels were used? The shot of 65095 shows a
Champion brakewheel, while a shot of 65360 may show an Equipco
brakewheel.

3) What sort of running boards were utilized? I believe the photo of
65095 indicates a US Gypsum running board.

4) I think ASF A-3 Ride Control trucks were used on all cars in the
series. Is this correct?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Mark Heiden
Mark,
The cars were built in two groups, 65000-65299 in 1951 and 65300-65499
in 1952. The C&EI diagram provides the year of production, but not the
months. Builder was Eastern Illinois Equipment Company of Danville,
Illinois. The diagram references orders from International Steel, which
I can only presume furnished steel parts other than specialty items.

Roof: SREM diagonal panel riveted
Ends: Dreadnaught Corrugated Steel Ends (R+3/4 Improved)
Side sheathing: .10" welded (12 panels per side)
Doors: Youngstown with Camel fixtures (65000-65199 and 65300-65499);
Utility doors and fixtures (65200-65299)
Hand brakes: Champion-Peacock (65000-65299); Miner (65300-65499)
Running boards and brake steps: U.S. Gypsum expanded metal (all 500
cars)
Trucks: ASF A-3 Ride-Control (all 500 cars)
Wheels: One wear wrot steel (65000-65299); cast iron (65300-65499)
8-rung ladders

You didn't ask about these, but another series of cars 100 cars
(66200-66299) were built in 1952 with identical features as
65300-65499. One exception was that 66275-66299 had Nailable Steel
Flooring. Arnold Menke offers an excellent photo of C&EI 66222, new
5-52, photographed Winnipeg, Manitoba in August 1952.
Regards,
Ed Hawkins

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