RAILWAY PROTOTYPE CYCLOPEDIA

Volume Twenty Three

Volume 23 is 113 pages. (Released October 18, 2011)


MANIFEST

Mid-Century Composite 40’-6” Box Cars (41 pages)
by Patrick C. Wider

The article is the seventh in a series covering North American box car designs that were built during the first half of the 20th century. It describes the last single- and double-sheathed wood box cars built new from 1937 to 1943 for the Canadian Pacific, Great Northern, Gulf, Mobile and Northern, and Northern Pacific railroads. One might call these box cars “late wood-sheathed anachronisms” considering that box cars with steel sheathing had become the de facto standard on America’s railroads by the mid-1930s.

Bethlehem-Design 52’-6” 70-ton Drop-End Gondola Cars (37 pages)
by Ed Hawkins

The article describes and illustrates the design of nearly 9,500 riveted-steel cars built from 1937 to 1957 for six railroads including B&O, CRP/CNJ, LV, RDG, WAB, and WM. Included is a comprehensive roster of cars. While not discussed in the article, it was learned after publication that the Wellsville, Addison & Galeton (WAG) obtained a single car (car no. 3000) from B&O in 1957 followed by seven more (3001-3007) sometime between 4/61 and 7/62.

On page 54 the caption uses the word "removed" whereas a better choice of words is "lowered" to the full-open position.

Non-Pennsylvania Railroad Wagon-Top Box and Automobile Cars (35 pages)
by Patrick C. Wider

The article is the eighth in a series covering American box car designs that were built during the first half of the 20th century. It describes the wagon-top box and auto cars that were built new for the Detroit, Toledo & Ironton, Norfolk & Western, and Virginian. Railroads that received the cars second-hand such as the AD&N, D&H, D&M, MRS, NP, OP&E, P&PU, TA&G, TS-E, and Wabash are also covered.



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