The article includes descriptions and photographs of the cars built by Bethlehem Steel, Greenville Steel, Harlan & Hollingsworth, Mount Vernon, Pullman-Standard, Ralston Steel, Thrall, Santa Fe, Burlington Lines, C&EI, Milwaukee Road, MoPac, Northern Pacific, St. Louis - San Francisco, and Union Pacific from 1940 to 1961. While the cars were built to essentially the same ACF design presented in Volume 27, the article describes how these cars differed from those built by ACF. Discussed are the various roof and hatch cover designs as well as the specific variations and specialty items such as hand brakes, running boards and brake steps, trucks, wheels, and painting information/specs. The cars are described and illustrated with 138 builder and in-service photographs including a number of illustrative overhead views, four tables, and a comprehensive four-page roster.
* Note from home page:
As of May 7, 2016, Volume 30 is nearly sold out, and all remaining copies have a minor indentation on the spine of the cover. They were received this way from our printer and held until the other books were sold. The 113 pages are as they should be. These books are sold as-is at the normal prices to individuals and dealers.