Donald Ford <ford.donald77@...>
Iam sorry i don't know who I am sending this message to because I hit the wrong key and lost the original
but PRR 81945 was a Class X41a built in the late 40s, 46 or 47 they were 50'-6" IL and 14'-6" staggered doors. They were rebuilt in 1963 (65 cars) and the numbers changed to 97910-97974 class X41d. So your car was not a rebuild. They rebuilds kept there end doors.
You can find photos in Color Guide I pp. 81, Color Guide II pp. 44, Keystone Vol. 16-3 pp. 6 class diagram pp. 9 photo. Sunshine made a kit for this car No. 51.2
Don Ford Kanab UT
From: Douglas Harding <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tue, November 24, 2009 7:00:15 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Christmas Trees by Rail
Interestingly all photos I have seen show Christmas Trees stacked on flatcars with stakes made from long wood poles complete with
bark. Of course these photos date from the 20's and 30's. The trees appear to be tied with twine, in bundles. Then the bundles are
laid on their side on the flatcar.
Perhaps boxcars were used for those trees going further distances.
As for shipping dates, think more the end of Oct through Nov. Even for those whose tradition was to put the tree on Dec 24, the
tree was still cut down at the tree farm in the northern US or Canada in Oct or early Nov. Shipping time along could kill weeks.
As a child in the early 60's I remember the stores and tree lots were all filled with trees by Thanksgiving.
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