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Photo: Reading 12343A


Bob Chaparro
 

Photo: Reading 12343A
Robert Wanner posted these photos on the Facebook Railroad Images Of Bygone Days site.

He commented, " 'To be used exclusively at Hershey, Pa.' So we have a wooden Cocoa bean boxcar 12343 A, the suffix meaning in special service. No doors so hatchbacks on roof and hopper discharge underneath. Dated 7/41, but not sure that's the Built date. Looks new in photo, but could be rebuilt in Reading Shops. Original covered hopper car? Wooden foot block on rail to prevent drifting for photo shoot. Looks like string of brand new (or rebuilt) coal hopper cars in background. Would make interesting model. Reading Company photos."

Interesting car. Anyone know its background?

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


Garth Groff and Sally Sanford
 

Friends,

F&C offers a model of these cars: http://fandckits.com/HOFreight/8196.html  Neat trucks, by the way.

Question: Does the service restriction actually mean it was assigned to service from some port to the Hershey factory?

Question: How many cars were in this service?

Question: What were the service dates? F&C suggests 1941-1960, but this sounds kind of fishy, and there is certainly more to this story.

Yours Aye,


Garth Groff  🦆


On Mon, Aug 31, 2020 at 9:29 PM Bob Chaparro via groups.io <chiefbobbb=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:

Photo: Reading 12343A
Robert Wanner posted these photos on the Facebook Railroad Images Of Bygone Days site.

He commented, " 'To be used exclusively at Hershey, Pa.' So we have a wooden Cocoa bean boxcar 12343 A, the suffix meaning in special service. No doors so hatchbacks on roof and hopper discharge underneath. Dated 7/41, but not sure that's the Built date. Looks new in photo, but could be rebuilt in Reading Shops. Original covered hopper car? Wooden foot block on rail to prevent drifting for photo shoot. Looks like string of brand new (or rebuilt) coal hopper cars in background. Would make interesting model. Reading Company photos."

Interesting car. Anyone know its background?

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


Robert Allan
 

Looks like the photo was taken at Reading Shops, Reading PA. Lots of other neat cars surrounding it. The trucks on this car are interesting for the era, although as an online car, I suppose adequate.

Thanks for sharing these interesting photos.

Bob Allan
Omaha


Thomas Evans
 

Those trucks look a lot like the ones from the Pressed Steel Car Co. back around 1900.
In any case, they appear to have bolt-on journal boxes & are of a vaguely arch-bar design, which seems quite out of date for 1941.

Tom E.


Eric Lombard
 

Hi Everybody,
Here is some demographic data for the car in the photo and its sisters.

RDG 11600-12870 random
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1941[7]   4  RBLT and reclassed XMph without RENO from: #11600, 
11801, 12343, 12677 out of 11550-12349 and 12350-12999. XMp
For chocolate bean hull haulage. 3 pairs of square roof hatches. 
Internal slope sheets. 2 bottom hoppers. 
1948       2 RBLT and reclassed XMph without RENO from #12854, 12870 out of 12350-12999. XMp
1954[2]-
1954[5]   6  RBLT with AB brakes.
1956(4)   6  #11600, 11801, 11954, 12343, 12677, 12870.

1959[5]        #11600, 11801, 11954, 12677, XMph, retired.

1960[8]   2  #12343, 12870, last cars in service, retired.

Eric Lombard
Homewood, IL



On Mon, Aug 31, 2020 at 8:29 PM Bob Chaparro via groups.io <chiefbobbb=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:

Photo: Reading 12343A
Robert Wanner posted these photos on the Facebook Railroad Images Of Bygone Days site.

He commented, " 'To be used exclusively at Hershey, Pa.' So we have a wooden Cocoa bean boxcar 12343 A, the suffix meaning in special service. No doors so hatchbacks on roof and hopper discharge underneath. Dated 7/41, but not sure that's the Built date. Looks new in photo, but could be rebuilt in Reading Shops. Original covered hopper car? Wooden foot block on rail to prevent drifting for photo shoot. Looks like string of brand new (or rebuilt) coal hopper cars in background. Would make interesting model. Reading Company photos."

Interesting car. Anyone know its background?

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


mel perry
 

what was their normal assignment?
thanks
mel perry