Silk Car on PRR 1943


Gatwood, Elden J SAD
 

Gang;

One of the interesting special loads notes in the ORER has to do with the PRR's "silk cars" X31A, modified 1943 for this service. Got to thinking this has to be for the Airborne's parachute industry, as by '43, it was not going to "nylons", was it?

http://digital.hagley.org/islandora/object/islandora%3A2364785?solr_nav[id]=e15f9ca5810115712d1a&solr_nav[page]=3&solr_nav[offset]=21

So, how did the interior racking of silk work? There appears to be a cross-car rail for something to roll onto, plus these rails to move the load to either end. Anyone know how this worked?

Elden Gatwood


Jeffrey White
 

According to the US Army Quartermaster Museum website, the cargo parachutes were initially made of cotton and later they were made from rayon:

http://www.qmmuseum.lee.army.mil/WWII/aerial_supplies.htm

Looking through all of my references (I spent part of my youth jumping from perfectly good airplanes) I've been unable to ascertain what the canopy of the T5 chute and the other personnel parachutes was made of.

How many cars were equipped for this service?� I wouldn't guess there were a lot of them.

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On 12/15/2016 9:39 AM, 'Gatwood, Elden J CIV CESAW CESAD (US)' elden.j.gatwood@... [STMFC] wrote:

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Gang;

One of the interesting special loads notes in the ORER has to do with the PRR's "silk cars" X31A, modified 1943 for this service. Got to thinking this has to be for the Airborne's parachute industry, as by '43, it was not going to "nylons", was it?

http://digital.hagley.org/islandora/object/islandora%3A2364785?solr_nav[id]=e15f9ca5810115712d1a&solr_nav[page]=3&solr_nav[offset]=21

So, how did the interior racking of silk work? There appears to be a cross-car rail for something to roll onto, plus these rails to move the load to either end. Anyone know how this worked?

Elden Gatwood



Douglas Harding
 

Silk was shipped in bales https://archives.jewishmuseum.ca/1rzwk (clic on photo to enlarge)

 

The interior of the car in the Hagley photo appears to have a chain hoist in the door opening and an overhead track for moving the bales into location. I suspect the racks on the side are for holding the silk bales to keep them from moving while in transit

 

Doug Harding

www.iowacentralrr.org

 


William Dale
 

Group,
     I waited to chime in on this until more was posted, but yes indeed the early chutes were silk.  Now having grown up in a household of a WWII POW, my grandfather did have a card signifying he belonged to the "Caterpillar Club" where the silk worm saved his life after there B-17 went down, he was a flight engineer.  I remember this as a local newspaper did an article on him around early 1990.  My, grandfather did work on the Lehigh Valley only for few years after the war, it just wasn't for him, oh how I would have liked those stories too.

Bill Dale