Pat Wider discusses the A.A.R. requirements for box car lettering and how the railroads followed those standards (or deviated from them). Shown are box cars of all types, including 40-foot and 50-foot, single and double sheathed wood side cars, all-steel cars, single door and automobile box cars. In addition to details about capacity and dimensional data, this article provides numerous photos displaying monograms and slogans that were stenciled on box cars. A total of 52 photos!
Freight Car Trucks (17 pages)
by Richard H. Hendrickson
From Arch Bar trucks to Roller Bearings, Richard Hendrickson discusses the development of freight car trucks from the early 1900s through the 1950s. Included are examples of the most common freight car trucks used plus a few that were not so common. Examples of high-speed trucks, heavy-duty trucks, and caboose trucks are also shown. A grand total of 50 photos supports this article!
NWX 40-foot AC&F Reefers (19 pages)
by Pat Wider
The North Western Refrigerator Line purchased more than 3,000 AC&F-built wood refrigerator cars during the 1920s, '30s, and 1940. The article presents a roster of the cars and a substantial number of NWX prototype photos as well as the associated Western Refrigerator Line (Green Bay and Western). Many of the NWX cars were originally built with "billboard" lettering and were rolling advertisements for various dairy and poultry companies located in the upper midwest. Accurate scale models of the prototype cars are available from Westerfield in HO scale. After Volume 4 was published, Branchline Trains released a version of these AC&F-built cars as an HO scale styrene plastic kit, accurate for NWX cars built 1927-1931.
Phosphate Covered Hopper Cars (15 pages)
by Pat Wider
During the early 1930s, the Seaboard Air Line developed a new covered hopper design for the transport of phosphate rock. Soon thereafter, the Atlantic Coast Line developed a similar, but different design. Later, Shippers Car Line also owned a quantity of phosphate covered hopper cars for leasing purposes. Wabash purchased some second-hand during the early 1950s. This article provides prototype information and photographs on these unique covered hopper cars. Roster information is also provided as well as a sample diagram.
More 1935 AAR Twin Hopper Cars (11 pages)
by Ed Hawkins
We continue the series from Volumes 1 and 2 with 50- and 60-ton cars of the AAR Standard and Alternate Standard twin offset design used by railroads of the Appalachian region, including the C&O, B&LE, C&I, Montour, P&S, P&WV, and W&LE.