Re: Great Northern flat car

Rupert & Maureen <gamlenz@...>


The CB&Q took a similar route with 146 FM-11 and FM-11A 45' flats that it had built in 1928-1930 at Galesburg. It coupled them in pairs, renumbered them to 88000-88072 A/B, reclassed them as FM-11B and used them for tractor loading, but not until 1962.

Rupert Gamlen
Auckland NZ

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tim O'Connor" <timboconnor@...>
To: <STMFC@...>
Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 3:10 PM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Great Northern flat car


They were marketed as 89'2" flat cars equipped for farm machinery loading.
Railroad rates for "loose cars" are almost always based on the size of the
car (and union work rules were often based on "cars") so by operating
"articulated" pairs of cars the GN could offer better rates than by simply
operating them as two cars. There were 63 of these "cars" on the roster in
1972. Other car types operated this way included 70 ton airslides.

I don't think that this existed before 1961, so it's after the STMFC era.

Tim O'Connor

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