Re: Confused by RMC review of Accurail plug+sliding door box car


Tim O'Connor
 

Grain had something to do with it, but also this was the
time when railroads stopped buying 40 foot cars and opted
for 50 foot cars instead. Many railroads bought combination
door 50 foot cars from the 1950's through the 1980's. Many
were later converted into double sliding door cars, but that
is an issue for BBFCL... :-)

Tim O'Connor

The MILW, GN, and NP all built similar cars in 1958, Soo in 1959, NP again in 1960. The general adoption of covered hoppers for grain loading in the sixties eliminated these cars reason for being, which was to provide a wide door opening on a car that could still be coopered with standard grain doors for grain loading, and no more were built.
Dennis

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