Re: CB&Q car classifications

Tim O'Connor

To make it even more fun, the CB&Q/C&S/FW&D applied the same classification
to 16,000 box cars built from 1945 to the late 1950's, class XM-32. All of
the cars were 40'6" IL and 10'6" IH with 6' doors -- and if you think about
it, that's all that matters to a shipper!

And CB&Q didn't always advance the classes .. in 1959, they acquired new
XM-2 box cars!

Tim O'Connor

I'm doing a lot of research on CB&Q freight cars and I've come into a roadblock of sorts. I've noticed that the CB&Q designates car series with a car class. The tough part is that, unlike the Pennsy, NYC and the NC&StL, they don't put the class name on the car exterior.

For example, I have a picture of CB&Q #44499 which is an single sheathed automobile box car. Thanks to the article on CB&Q wood automobile cars in a RPC issue, I know that it is a class XA-6 car. But when looking at the picture of the car there isn't any place that has it stenciled "XA-6".

So, does anyone know where I can find a good classification and freight car roster for CB&Q cars?

Steve Hedlund

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