UP 34' ~1895 Boxcar 66070


David Allen
 

UP 66070
Posted by: "richtownsend@..." richtownsend@... richtownsend2002
Date: Fri Apr 2, 2010 4:54 pm ((PDT))

What class of car would UP 66070 have been in 1904? Is there a photo of this class of cars on line somewhere? If you are interested it was carrying a 30,000 pound load of bagged plaster from Wild's Plaster Mill in Loveland, Colorado to Eaton, Colorado on September 30, 1904.


Rich: UP 66070 was one of the "improved" 34' box cars. If I may:

Pre-1900 Post-1900 Builder
65000 - 68499 65000 - 68499 Various 1893-98
30800 - 30812 68500 - 68907 in 1897 ORER
37000 - 37406 68930 - 68999 in 1897 ORER Mich-Pen 1893


Dimensions: Interior Exterior
IL IW IH EL EW EH
65000 - 68499 33'5" 8'3" 6'9" 34'0" 9'8" 11'5"
68500 - 68907 33'5" 8'3" 7'0" 34'0" 9'7" 11'0"
68930 - 68999 33'5" 8'3" 7'0" 34'0" 9'7" 11'0"
EH rail to eaves

The series 65000 - 68499 used Winslow roofs (a sheet iron roof, for
water tightness, covered by a wood roof to protect the iron roof from
scuffing. Thus the car is somewhat taller than its interior height or
comparison with its peers would suggest.

These cars differed from earlier 34' cars which did not have Winslow
roofs and the heavier framinf materials and were, thus, a tad shorter
to the eaves. These would be the 45000-46095 and the 55000-57211.

By the way, these are post-1900 numbers; a major renumbering of
boxcars went on in the late 1890s.

The prime reference to these durable wood-framed cars is:
Workman, Ed, "Common Standard Freight Cars - Pt. 1," The
Streamliner, v11n4, 1997.

And it is neat, at least to me, to know what one of these cars were
doing in 1904.

Dave A

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