Re: Mather stock cars - again

Stokes John

Mather was born in 1848 and developed and built his first stock cars by 1881. He received an award from the American Humane Society for certain humane features of his cars, which also reduced losses of livestock, and by 1897 his stock car company would have been in full production. He built his skyscraper in Chicago in 1928 and his company continued to turn out stock and other similar framed cars through WWII when it was bought by North American Car Company of Chicago. He died in 1941.

So the cars built as noted in the 1897 CB&RRJ would have been true Mather cars, but not necessarily the same as later Mather cars, improvements do happen.

Amazing what info one can find on the web.

John Stokes

Bellevue, WA

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From: bierglaeser@...
Date: Sat, 15 May 2010 16:46:30 +0000
Subject: [STMFC] Mather stock cars - again

From AMERICAN ENGINEER, CAR BUILDER AND RAILROAD JOURNAL., Volume LXXL, January 1897, page 37, "The Indianapolis Car Works are building 60 stock cars for the Mather Stock Car Company."

I had no idea Mather went back this far.

Would these cars have been built to Mather's design or something else? Probably not the Mather design but something mostly all wood, so when was the design represented by the P2K model first introduced?

Richard Hendrickson had an article in RMJ (I hope I recall correctly) but I don't have that issue.

Gene Green

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