[Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] Is this "DowelLoc" flooring in this box car?

Gatwood, Elden J SAD

Thanks, Jack!


I have not seen the explanation on why PRR chose that flooring in doorways only, for their X53 class meant for “sensitive” coil on pallets, but it may have been from their experience with loading heavy coil through weaker doorways.  Maybe they thought this provided additional rigidity?


They were also DF-equipped and Insulated.


Must’ve been some valuable coil!


Elden Gatwood


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Subject: [Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] Is this "DowelLoc" flooring in this box car?


This car has wood flooring with an overlay of perforated steel floor protection plates. I don't know what brand of plates these are. 
The namesake Doweloc car flooring was 12" wide laminated hardwood planks, made from narrow strips doweled together. Doweloc was introduced in the late '50s. There were competing laminated floor planks made by gluing instead of doweling, that would probably be indistinguishable when installed.

Jack Mullen