Ed Workman <eworkman@...>

At 03:31 PM 4/6/01 +0000, you wrote:
wood siding on outside braced boxcars was tongue and groove construction
AND another thing
The first SS cars were apparently by Seley for the N&W, CRIP and C&EI, predating the Fowler cars. The Fowler patent had to do with keeping the side boards tight, and are the more well known, at least in this age. In retrospect, the patent seems to have been unimportant to the success of the SS idea, so perhaps shiplap siding was "good enough" by itself.