Photo: Southern Gondola 59194 (1912)


Bob Chaparro
 

Photo: Southern Gondola 59194 (1912)

Photo courtesy of William Moyer on the Facebook Pre-Depression Era Railroad Modelers group

He comments:

“A postcard view taken at Seymour, IN and postmarked 1912. I wonder what type of trucks those are.”

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


Dennis Storzek
 

On Sun, Aug 28, 2022 at 01:11 PM, Bob Chaparro wrote:
“A postcard view taken at Seymour, IN and postmarked 1912. I wonder what type of trucks those are.”
They appear to be Ajax cast trucks, which we've discussed before. I like the way the side stakes are cut at an angle on top and capped with a sidinf board, a detail I don't recall seeing before.

Dennis Storzek


Bob Chaparro
 

John Bopp Commented:

“The trucks aren't shown very well in this view, but from what I can see, they look like Ajax trucks.  See the 1906 Car Builder's Dictionary, fig. 4407-4409.”

Jack Mullen commented:

“Ajax trucks were a cast steel pedestal truck from ASF. While they weren't unique to Southern, they don't appear to have been very common. Pedestal trucks generally fell out of favor shortly after the ToC.

Bob Karig's Coal Cars book has a fairly extensive overview of truck designs, which I think may include Ajax. I can't confirm that recollection because my copy of the book is still in storage, unfortunately.”

Bob Chaparro
Hemet, CA