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question for Pennsy experts
« on: January 23, 2012, 10:25:52 PM »
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On a freight train consist list from 4/2/71, PRR car # 606642 shows up as an empty heading to Delavan,  Wi.,the town I now live in. What type of car was this, not in fallen flags website. Not that many industries here now, trying to figure out where it was being delivered to.
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Re: question for Pennsy experts
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2012, 10:42:36 PM »
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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2012, 11:37:31 PM »
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You beat me to it.  Could have been loaded with just about anything that a standard 40' boxcar could carry.  The X29 series (with all subclasses) had the largest number than any other boxcar ever.

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Re: question for Pennsy experts
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2012, 11:48:15 PM »
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Could have been loaded with just about anything that a standard 40' boxcar could carry.

Right, but there is a good chance this car was assigned to something/someone.

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Re: question for Pennsy experts
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2012, 04:10:30 PM »
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An even better chance that it's on it's way back to the PRR empty, and got snagged in the nearest yard as a convenient empty car for an industry requesting a car for an eastbound load.

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Re: question for Pennsy experts
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2012, 04:45:30 PM »
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An even better chance that it's on it's way back to the PRR empty, and got snagged in the nearest yard as a convenient empty car for an industry requesting a car for an eastbound load.

A chance yes, but not a better one.  Every picture I can find shows these cars with "When Empty Return to..." stenciling which was very common on DF cars from the 60's.  If this car was in assigned service, when it's empty, it goes back to what ever agent is supposed to get it, even another railroad.  Obviously cars could get grabbed for other uses but those are the exceptions.

I would look to see if there's any manufacturing in Delevan that would make the types of items specifically carried in DF cars.  Canned goods are big one, paper too.   I know for a fact that canned goods are a good candidate for assigned cars.

edit:  He're a better shot of one of these cars.

http://elcond.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=767661


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Re: question for Pennsy experts
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2012, 07:34:18 PM »
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Borg Inc manufactured clocks for automobiles and showed evidence of rail siding when I moved here in 95, tho the building was empty at the time.  Sta Rite builds water pumps, but do not think it had rail access back then. During WW2, timers for bombs were manufactured here also, though I could not find the name of the company in the history of the town. Since this was during the Viet Nam conflict, it is conceivable it might had had something to do with the manufacture of bombs for that purpose. A consist from the same time frame listed 4-5 boxcars of bombs heading from Chicago to the west coast
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