Re: CB&Q car classifications


Bill Hirt <whirt@...>
 

Actually to be technically correct, the XM32 had several series:

XM-32 : CB&Q 30000 - 33827 Built Havelock 1940-1942
XM-32 : CB&Q 34000 - 34171 Built Havelock 1942
XM-32 : CB&Q 34200 - 34599 Built Havelock 1944
XM-32 : CB&Q 34900 - 34999 Built Havelock 1944 (Express trucks)
XM-32 : FW&D 8001-8500 Built Havelock 1944
XM-32A : CB&Q 34600 - 34854 Built Havelock 1945 Improved Steel Ends
XM-32A : CB&Q 29000 - 29499 Built Havelock 1946 Improved Steel Ends
XM-32A : CB&Q 35000 - 36999 Built Havelock 1947 Improved Steel Ends
XM-32A : CB&Q 37000 - 37749 Built Havelock 1948 Improved Steel Ends
XM-32B : CB&Q 17000 - 18399 Built Havelock 1950 Insulmat Ceiling 2 Stringers
XM-32B : C&S 1000 - 1249 Built Havelock 1950 Insulmat Ceiling 2 Stringers
XM-32B : FW&D 8501 - 8750 Built Havelock 1950 Insulmat Ceiling 2 Stringers
XM-32C : CB&Q 18400 - 19399 Built Havelock 1951 Insulmat Ceiling 3 Stringers
XM-32C : C&S 1250 - 1499 Built Havelock 1951 Insulmat Ceiling 3 Stringers
XM-32C: FW&D 8751 - 9000 Built Havelock 1951 Insulmat Ceiling 3 Stringers
XM-32D: CB&Q 60000 - 62249 Built Havelock 1953 Plywood Ceiling
XM-32D: FW&D 9001 - 9250 Built Havelock 1953 Plywood Ceiling
XM-32E : C&S 1500 - 1799 Built Havelock 1957 Door Gussets, Lining, Wider Door Nailing Strip
XM-32F : CB&Q 62500 - 63499 Built Havelock 1958 Nailable Steel Floor

The gap between 33827 and 34000, and between 34171 and 34200, are assumed to be the result of the Havelock Shops running out of material (due to wartime restrictions) before being able to complete the entire ordered series.

Burlington Bulletin #7 by the Burlington Route Historical Society has a complete roster and history of these cars.

To answer Steve's question, you need a diagram book to build a roster by class. Even the Q's self-published equipment summaries I have from 1960 and 1969 did not list class, they are only grouped by series number.

One source for a CB&Q diagram book is <http://www.railfandepot.com/servlet/the-2437/CB%26Q-Freight-Car-Diagrams/Detail>.

Bill Hirt

On 11/11/2010 2:04 PM, Tim O'Connor wrote:
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?

Thanks.
Steve Hedlund

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