Re: SOO postwar AAR Boxcars

Tim O'Connor

Dennis Storzek wrote

The Soo equipment diagram sheets show 45100-45498e as built in 1950
under GMS (General Mechanical Supt.) order number 6284, and
136800-137198e as built in 1951 under GMS 6285. However, I seem to
recall that there are lettering variations in both groups, so it would
seem that both were being built concurrently, perhaps in alternating
In Patrick Dorin's "The SOO LINE" there is a company photo of a car
right outside the paint shop with the close lettering, numbered 45398,
weighed 10-51. On page 129 of the same book there is a photo of a
short train heading away from the photographer; the last car, 137154
with the spread out lettering in the high position.

Model Railroading, April 1989: photo of SOO #136802 w/ $ herald.

So is it possible that 136800-137198 got all three variations as
they were being built?? The three being (1) $ herald (2) close to
door, high letters (3) further from door, high letters. And then
repaints got (4) away from door, lowered letters!

Tim O'Connor

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