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Photo: Boxcar Door Stenciling (Circa 1943)


Bob Chaparro
 

Photo: Boxcar Door Stenciling (Circa 1943)

A photo from the Detroit Public Library:

https://digitalcollections.detroitpubliclibrary.org/islandora/object/islandora%3A257918

Click and hold to enlarge photo.

The door is stenciled "9-5", "10-6" and "8-E".

Translation?

Thanks.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


Benjamin Hom
 

Bob Chaparro asked:
"Photo: Boxcar Door Stenciling (Circa 1943)

A photo from the Detroit Public Library:

https://digitalcollections.detroitpubliclibrary.org/islandora/object/islandora%3A257918

Click and hold to enlarge photo.

The door is stenciled "9-5", "10-6" and "8-E".

Translation?"

Note that the car is a Pere Marquette automobile boxcar and has the stripe indicating that it's equipped with an Evans Auto Rack. "9-5" indicates IH with the racks stowed; "10-6" indicates IH with the racks deployed, and "8-E" indicates the specific type of rack.


Ben Hom


Guy Wilber
 

Bob Chaparro wrote:

The door is stenciled "9-5", "10-6" and "8-E".

The white rectangle above the 3” white stripe indicates that the car’s Evans Auto~Loaders are stored and inoperable. They may have simply been wired, or (as was often done during WW II) spot welded to the storage clips.

The distance from the floor of the car to the bottom of the racks is 9’-5”. 10’-6” is the height from the floor (at center) to the peak of the roof. The car is equipped with 8 tie down turnbuckles with chains stored within the floor tubes. Type “E” racks.

Guy Wilber
Reno, Nevada