Box Car in MR

Discussion in 'Boxcars' started by U-3-b, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. U-3-b

    U-3-b Member Supporter

    Did anyone see the article in Model Railroader on Meat Packing and right there in the middle all those Swift refers is a Frisco box car with people standing in the door?

    Check it out on page 48.

  2. TAG1014

    TAG1014 Supporter Supporter

    December issue? Or January? Is the Jan. out yet?

  3. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Supporter

    Tom - Yes, the January 2010 MR, page 48. The car is way off in the distance in the pic - it appears to be a USRA DS boxcar.

    There are a couple of guys standing in the open door. Party time!

  4. U-3-b

    U-3-b Member Supporter

    I thought it was a USRA DS too, but when did they start building those? The photo caption says it was taken in 1917.

    Sorry for not stating that was the Jan issue. I was talking to some one today who said that they had just gotten theirs and I have had mine since last Friday.

  5. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    I looked and couldn't find it. I'll look again.
  6. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Supporter

    Steve - You are correct - the SLSF USRA double sheathed box cars did not start arriving until 1919. The Frisco had the largest number of these cars - some 3500, and, per Al Westerfield, they were from seven different builders - more cars and more builders than any other USRA DS box car user.

    Al notes the Frisco did have both single sheathed and double sheathed non-USRA cars earlier in the 'teens, and that in 1916 these cars were the first to carry the now-familiar coonskin herald. If the MR pic is indeed from 1917 as stated, the SLSF car must have been one of these earlier cars with a coonskin herald.

  7. I just got it today. I was sitting here reading on Pg.46 about the flashers. Pretty cool to see some older wooden Frisco freight cars.
    Ship it on the Frisco!!!

    Murphy Millican

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