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.

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