Posts Tagged ‘freight cars’

EBT Seeking Post-War Era Freight Cars

January 19, 2021

The East Broad Top Railroad in Pennsylvania is seeking a few standard-gauge freight cars.

The historic narrow gauge railroad plans to use the cars to show how during the post World II era standard-gauge freight cars were transformed into use in narrow gauge operation.

That was done using special transfer trucks and cast-aluminum coupler adapters.

EBT officials said the cars they are seeking must be specific to the era that will be portrayed.

Photographs show the EBT made widespread use of boxcars of the New York Central, Reading, and Pennsylvania Railroad, and gondolas of the Erie, Pennsy, and Baltimore & Ohio.

The EBT also hauled tank cars loaded with asphalt used to build paved roads in rural areas. Some cars carried supplies used to construct the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Standard-gauge cars were transformed at Mount Union, Pennsylvania, where the EBT had a connection with the Pennsy.

A gantry crane known as the Timber Transfer would lift standard-gauge cars and workers would roll narrow-gauge trucks beneath them.

The EBT Foundation, which operates the narrow gauge railroad, said those who have leads about available and era-specific standard-gauge cars should call it at 814-447-3285.

RR Car Builders Exceeded Average with 2019 Deliveries

February 1, 2020

Railroad car builders exceeded the 10-year average last year in delivering new rail cars.

The American Railway Car Institute of the Railway Supply Institute said builders delivered 58,026 cars, which exceeded the 10-year average of 50,524.

ARCI said during the fourth quarter of 2019 deliveries of 14,727 units beat deliveries in the fourth quarter of 2018 (13,462), as well as those posted in the third quarter of 2019 (14,571).

However, orders for calendar year 2019 were 37,196 units, about half of the reported orders made in 2018.

In a news release, ARCI said new car orders in the fourth quarter totaled 8,464 units, showing “continued weakness” but still slightly better than the 7,315 units ordered in the third quarter of 2019.

The fourth quarter 2019 orders were less than half of those at the end of 2018.

The year-end rail-car backlog at the end of 2019 was 51,295 units, down 36 percent from 2018’s level.

“Builder backlogs are across all major car types with the majority of the backlog in tank cars, followed by covered hoppers,” ARCI officials said.

“Builders are seeing a shift out of the smaller cube covered hoppers into the midsize covered hopper and continued demand for larger non-pressure tank cars.”

The Stories Behind Freight Cars

September 11, 2019

Some railfan photographers enjoy photographing freight cars although few of them make that their primary focus.

For the vast majority of railroad photographers, the motive power is the be all and end all of their hobby.

Yet I’ve sat through more than one railfan club program in which one or more audience members lamented not photographing a particular freight car at a given time and place.

Usually, what they failed to capture is a car from a fallen flag railroad.

That is the story behind the top image of a Delaware & Hudson boxcar photographed on June 10, 1978, in Massillon. The D&H is now a fallen flag.

The story behind the bottom photograph is different. This covered hopper was photographed in Akron on Jan. 26, 1980.

It got me to wondering he is or was Sid Richardson. He was Sid Williams Richardson, a Fort Worth, Texas, businessman, who lived between 1891 and 1959.

He made his fortune in the oil and carbon businesses. He was a philanthropist who founded what would become the Sid Richardson Museum, a collection of western art, particularly that of Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell.

He also founded the Sid W. Richardson Foundation in 1947 and it continues to provide grants to organizations in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

As for the company that bears Richardson’s name, it was acquired last year byTokai Carbon Company. A news release about the acquisition noted that Sid Richardson Carbon is the larges carbon black producer in the United States.

Pa. Company Helps Develop Larger Gondola

February 18, 2017

A Pennsylvania-based rail car manufacturer has teamed up with National Steel Car to develop a high-capacity gondola to haul cottonseed and wood chips.

PennsylvaniaCurry Rail Services of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, said the cars will have a gross rail load of 286,000 pounds and a payload of 106.5 tons, with a level cubic capacity of 7,200 cubic feet.

By comparison, the current fleet of cottonseed cars is comprised of cars with a 263,000-pound GRL, 6,800-cubic-foot capacity and a 94- to 95-ton per-car payload.

The new cars will come with dual-hinged ends, and doors that swing open from the end top chord. They can also be built with fixed ends and rotary dump capability.