You Can Model This Scene With Just Three Flat Cars And A Lot Of People!

Bruce Smith


Examining the 1933 version of ARA Rules Governing the Loading of Commodities on Open Top Cars, figures 53-61, it is immediately apparent that this long load is most likely secured in compliance with ARA guidelines.

Long, rigid loads, could be secured at each pivot point to the pivot blocking, with no additional blocking needed.

If the loads had reasonable "sag", they might require intermediate blocking, not to stop movement, but to act as "sliders" to allow the load to move across the deck of the car without damaging the car.

Bruce Smith
Auburn, AL