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Photo: Wabash Mather Boxcar

Bob Chaparro
 

Photo: Wabash Mather Boxcar

An image from the Detroit Public Library:

https://digitalcollections.detroitpubliclibrary.org/islandora/object/islandora%3A172723

Click on the image and hold to temporarily enlarge it.

Description: View of several workmen loading wooden crate into railroad car at Michigan Steel Boat Company. "From Michigan Steel Boat Co., Detroit, Mich." painted on crate. "Mather car" painted on railroad car. Handwritten on back: "Companies--Michigan Steel Boat Co., 1910."

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

Claus Schlund \(HGM\)
 


Hi Bob and List Members,
 
Looks like there is another shot of this scene from a different angle at the link below...
 
 
Claus Schlund
 
 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, September 22, 2019 1:06 PM
Subject: [RealSTMFC] Photo: Wabash Mather Boxcar

Photo: Wabash Mather Boxcar

An image from the Detroit Public Library:

https://digitalcollections.detroitpubliclibrary.org/islandora/object/islandora%3A172723

Click on the image and hold to temporarily enlarge it.

Description: View of several workmen loading wooden crate into railroad car at Michigan Steel Boat Company. "From Michigan Steel Boat Co., Detroit, Mich." painted on crate. "Mather car" painted on railroad car. Handwritten on back: "Companies--Michigan Steel Boat Co., 1910."

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

Donald B. Valentine
 

Hi folks, 

    Can't recall, when did Mather really get it's start? This is the first Mather car I've seen that has not utilized
commonly available steel channels, angles and such. It appears that they were building wood framed cars in 
much the same way but from how early a date?

Cordially, Don Valentine

Benjamin Hom
 

Don Valentine asked:
"Can't recall, when did Mather really get its start? This is the first Mather car I've seen that has not utilized commonly available steel channels, angles and such. It appears that they were building wood framed cars in much the same way but from how early a date?"

The first cars designed by Alonzo Mather were built in the 1880s.


Ben Hom



Ray Breyer
 

Mather applied for his first patent in 1880, and was leasing cars by 1883. By 1900 he had over 1,500 cars in operation. The company's first cars with steel side framing don't appear until around 1915.

For circa 1900 Mather stock cars and the company's typical construction, see the following images:
Ray Breyer
Elgin, IL


On Monday, September 23, 2019, 03:57:13 AM CDT, Donald B. Valentine via Groups.Io <riverman_vt@...> wrote:


Hi folks, 

    Can't recall, when did Mather really get it's start? This is the first Mather car I've seen that has not utilized
commonly available steel channels, angles and such. It appears that they were building wood framed cars in 
much the same way but from how early a date?

Cordially, Don Valentine

Steve and Barb Hile
 

Here are a couple of all wood Mather stock cars that were leased by the Rock Island.  The photo is circa 1917.
 
 
Steve Hile



From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of Ray Breyer via Groups.Io
Sent: Monday, September 23, 2019 6:09 AM
To: main@realstmfc.groups.io; main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Photo: Wabash Mather Boxcar

Mather applied for his first patent in 1880, and was leasing cars by 1883. By 1900 he had over 1,500 cars in operation. The company's first cars with steel side framing don't appear until around 1915.

For circa 1900 Mather stock cars and the company's typical construction, see the following images:
Ray Breyer
Elgin, IL


On Monday, September 23, 2019, 03:57:13 AM CDT, Donald B. Valentine via Groups.Io <riverman_vt@...> wrote:


Hi folks, 

    Can't recall, when did Mather really get it's start? This is the first Mather car I've seen that has not utilized
commonly available steel channels, angles and such. It appears that they were building wood framed cars in 
much the same way but from how early a date?

Cordially, Don Valentine