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Talky Tuesday #59

In the days before teletypes and computers, all organizations ran on paper. Lots and lots of paper. The S&NY was no exception. Last week’s “WW #100” is an example.

This specimen is “Daily Check of Cars” at Towanda, specifically what look like Sept. 1st, 1937 at 4 pm. At Towanda we have:

SNY drop-bottom gondolas #1219 and #1201 at the coal dock. They loaded with coal, probably for the S&NY’s locomotives. These cars are 2 of a group of 9 34-foot cars numbered between 1201-1220 left on the roster in 1938, out of 20 in 1905, and were probably pretty decrepit by 1937 . I have yet to see a good photo of these cars.

SNY hopper #1407 on the ash track, and is loading (“ldg”). #1407 is one of a set of 17 cars obtained from the NYC second-hand. Here is a shot of a similar car at Marsh Hill; note the dissimilar trucks! Color view of the Towanda ash pit with car #1414 here.

Next on yard track 2 is SNY tool car #303, a re-purposed ex-RDG XMk boxcar #2784. A view of this car here.

On yard track 3 is SNY caboose #17; color view here.

Back to yard track 2, SNY #1231 is partially loaded (PX) with a lading of railroad ties. #1231 is numbered in a series of 38-foot flat cars; perhaps the “R” means “tie rack”. Here is similar car #1234 loaded with ties and coupled to tool car #303.

On yard track 3 is tank car SDRX #5881. SDRX is the reporting marks for Sinclair Oil., and the car is indeed loaded with oil. I could not find specifically what type of tank car #5881 is.

Last, at the Towanda gas company (“G Hse”), is PRR “gondola” #204582 with a load of coal. This car is either a PRR class GLa or GLc twin hopper. Both classes had numbers in the series that includes #204582.

Amazing what information for both the historian and modeler can be gleaned from an old yellowed piece of paper…

Wordless Wednesday #100

Author’s Collection

Talky Tuesday #58

The past 4 “Wordless Wednesdays” #96, #97, #98, and #99 are views of a wreck near Masten, circa 1941. A C&NW boxcar has rolled down the embankment, destroying a small outbuilding and narrowly missing a dwelling.

From the photos, the boxcar appears to be a C&NW outside-braced single sheathed car, similar to the car in HO from Accurail, albeit with a straight center sill, rather than the deep fishbelly sill on the Accurail model. The photos also gives us an excellent look at the underframe and the arrangement of the brake gear.

Two additional views can be found in Kaseman’s book on page 72. From the series, it appears the cargo is grain, possibly corn; and holes have been cut into the floor of the car and the side near the door in order to both salvage the cargo and lighten the car so it can be dragged back up the embankment and placed back on the rails. The photo in “WW #97” shows what appears to be empty grain sacks and/or tarps covering the car side, possibly to keep rain out of the car and the grain dry until it can be unloaded.

All in all, another interesting shortline vignette.

Wordless Wednesday #99

Bill Caloroso – Cal’s Classics

Wordless Wednesday #98

Bill Caloroso – Cal’s Classics


Wordless Wednesday #97

Bill Caloroso – Cal’s Classics