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GN 5196 - what the?


Tim O'Connor
 

I'm baffled by this car number - 5196 - on a 50 foot single sheathed box car.
From 1955 through at least 1972 the entire Great Northern series 5000 to 5499
was 40 foot 12 panel steel box cars built at the St Cloud shops. Any ideas?

Tim O'Connor




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*Tim O'Connor*
*Sterling, Massachusetts*


Tim O'Connor
 

Sorry, I forgot to attach the photo.

On 6/19/2019 12:17 PM, Tim O'Connor wrote:

I'm baffled by this car number - 5196 - on a 50 foot single sheathed box car.
From 1955 through at least 1972 the entire Great Northern series 5000 to 5499
was 40 foot 12 panel steel box cars built at the St Cloud shops. Any ideas?

Tim O'Connor

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*Tim O'Connor*
*Sterling, Massachusetts*


Robert Heninger
 

Tim,

I'm guessing that this car is in MOW service and someone neglected to stencil an "X" in front of the number. The numbers are repainted, so this car was definitely renumbered. There is some small slanted white lettering on the distant end of the car that I can't read, possibly denoting it's MOW assignment. The cars in the background all appear to be GN MOW cars. Although many (most) GN MOW cars were completely repainted, many went into MOW service with  only new patched numbers.

Do you know the date of the photo?

Regards,

Bob Heninger
Minot, ND


spsalso
 

A GN diagram dated May 1, 1969, shows a series X-2305 to X-7845 "Work Equipment Box Car".  In that series, there are 75 for "Material", 48 for "Storage", and 64 for "Tool".  Lengths are from 36' to 50'.

I think Bob got it.


Ed

Edward Sutorik


Robert Heninger
 

Ed,

Thanks for the assist. "Somewhere" I have a copy of that diagram book too, but who knows where "somewhere" is today? Not me.

I just looked again at the photo. I am more certain now that the car is in MOW or some other online storage service - look at how rusty the wheel treads are. This car has been sitting idle for some time.

Regards,
Bob Heninger
Minot, ND


Tim O'Connor
 

thanks for confirming Bob's mofw hunch...

On 6/19/2019 4:15 PM, spsalso via Groups.Io wrote:
A GN diagram dated May 1, 1969, shows a series X-2305 to X-7845 "Work Equipment Box Car".  In that series, there are 75 for "Material", 48 for "Storage", and 64 for "Tool".  Lengths are from 36' to 50'.

I think Bob got it.


Ed

Edward Sutorik
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*Tim O'Connor*
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