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A Bad Day For PRR Boxcar 566640

Bob Chaparro
 

A Bad Day For PRR Boxcar 566640

A 1950 photo from the Temple University Libraries:

https://digital.library.temple.edu/digital/collection/p15037coll3/id/67175/rec/26

This photo can be enlarged quite a bit. Good roof detail.

Description:

"Boxcar and overturned coal car await removal from base of wooded Fairmount Park hillside along West River drive, below Columbia av. bridge, after jumping track and unloosing an avalanche of uprooted trees."

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

maynard stowe
 

Wouldn’t you rather drive a Buick?

 

Oddly, this photo is heavily doctored. Note the trees have been painted to the left side, and below the covered hopper. 
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Ben Sullivan
Brookeville, MD

Bruce Smith
 

Ben,

I noticed that too!

BTW, I thought that the B&O car was a covered hopper as well, due to the grey color, but I see that it is labelled "BALLAST..." so I think that it might actually be an open hopper in B&O MOW grey?

Note that these were on READING tracks on the west shore of the Schuylkill River. 

Note too that the B&O car obviously knocked a tree into the roadway, which has since been cut off, leaving a stump.

Regards,
Bruce 
Bruce Smith
Auburn, AL


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Oddly, this photo is heavily doctored. Note the trees have been painted to the left side, and below the covered hopper. 
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Ben Sullivan
Brookeville, MD

 

The Temple Library web viewer has a neat function allowing you to rotate the photo by 90 degrees - handy to view this upside-down car! I don't see markings for ballast - perhaps you are seeing the "BALTIMORE AND OHIO"  which would be at the top left of the car. I also see the KY 12 48 indicating its inspection at Keyser, WV shops in Dec 1948. (I believe)

I'd say this is definitely some variant of a covered hopper given the markings, the number (630121) and the unloading apparatus on the bottom. (the four square chutes.) The rivets for the slope sheet is visible on the left. What I don't see, and what is puzzling to me (given my lack of reference material) is that there is no visible riveting for the inner, center slope sheet. The "upside-down V" normally seen on the sides of covered hoppers. Instead there are four rows of rivets along the bottom. 

There's definitely a visible squared off roof line/top edge, so it's not a wagon top, although the wagon top covered hoppers had very similar numbers. See some of the N-34 prototype photos on Spring Mills Depot's page: http://www.springmillsdepot.com/n-34prototypephotos.htm
N-31 630200 builders photo for reference http://rr-fallenflags.org/bo/bo630200ago.jpg
Unk class 630874 http://rr-fallenflags.org/bo/bo630874ago.jpg

I dunno. Perhaps someone with the B&O freight car diagrams can home in on the class. Too bad the retoucher took so much liberty. :)
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Ben Sullivan
Brookeville, MD

Bruce Smith
 

Ben,

Cool and yes, not "BALLAST"... definitely my brain jumping to conclusions there 😉. 

Regards,
Bruce Smith
Auburn, AL


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Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] A Bad Day For PRR Boxcar 566640
 
The Temple Library web viewer has a neat function allowing you to rotate the photo by 90 degrees - handy to view this upside-down car! I don't see markings for ballast - perhaps you are seeing the "BALTIMORE AND OHIO"  which would be at the top left of the car. I also see the KY 12 48 indicating its inspection at Keyser, WV shops in Dec 1948. (I believe)

I'd say this is definitely some variant of a covered hopper given the markings, the number (630121) and the unloading apparatus on the bottom. (the four square chutes.) The rivets for the slope sheet is visible on the left. What I don't see, and what is puzzling to me (given my lack of reference material) is that there is no visible riveting for the inner, center slope sheet. The "upside-down V" normally seen on the sides of covered hoppers. Instead there are four rows of rivets along the bottom. 

There's definitely a visible squared off roof line/top edge, so it's not a wagon top, although the wagon top covered hoppers had very similar numbers. See some of the N-34 prototype photos on Spring Mills Depot's page: http://www.springmillsdepot.com/n-34prototypephotos.htm
N-31 630200 builders photo for reference http://rr-fallenflags.org/bo/bo630200ago.jpg
Unk class 630874 http://rr-fallenflags.org/bo/bo630874ago.jpg

I dunno. Perhaps someone with the B&O freight car diagrams can home in on the class. Too bad the retoucher took so much liberty. :)
--
Ben Sullivan
Brookeville, MD