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Date: 08/29/13 17:57
Rio Grande's Cookie Boxcar
Author: CrudPunko

My favorite all-time boxcar for ANY railroad has to be Rio Grande's Cookie Boxcars, probably because of my great love of cookies. I used to fantasize that you would open the sliding door and cookies of all types would just pour out the door. :-)

I was lucky enough to catch a couple of these cars after they were placed in MofW service, including this on (DRGW 60024AX) at Glenwood Springs CO on September 7, 1988.

What I don't know is the real story behind these cars. Why were there specific boxcars dedicated to cookie service? Can anyone fill in the details?




Date: 08/29/13 18:01
Re: Rio Grande's Cookie Boxcar
Author: zBolton

Haha, love the imagination! Love the boxcar!



Date: 08/29/13 18:22
Re: Rio Grande's Cookie Boxcar
Author: rswebber

Dedicated to the Keebler plant in Denver for shipping.



Date: 08/29/13 19:22
Re: Rio Grande's Cookie Boxcar
Author: WAF

If you loaded that car with cookies, all you would have is crumbs at destination. Just a plain car without any load protection devices



Date: 08/29/13 19:41
Re: Rio Grande's Cookie Boxcar
Author: lwilton

Looks like it had a high ladder and runway on top. I wonder if it had a high brake wheel at the far end?



Date: 08/29/13 19:43
Re: Rio Grande's Cookie Boxcar
Author: WAF

lwilton Wrote:
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> Looks like it had a high ladder and runway on top.
> I wonder if it had a high brake wheel at the far
> end?


No doubt it did



Date: 08/29/13 19:56
Re: Rio Grande's Cookie Boxcar
Author: valmont

yup, high wheel at opposite end, same car

I shot it at Glenwood Springs also, mine on Aug. 7, 1986




Date: 08/30/13 07:14
Re: Rio Grande's Cookie Boxcar
Author: SPDRGWfan

These cars according to Jim Eagers Rio Grande Color Guide book were originally built by Pressed Steel company (1940's IIRC) and were painted brown. Some of those 40' Pressed steel box cars were converted to "Cookie Boxes" to service Keebler Cookies. They were replaced in the 1960's with 50' plug door box cars painted grande gold/silver. I can provide more info at home when have the book in front of me. AFAIK, there is no plastic HO model that is correct for these Pressed Steel box cars, it would be a kit bash; most/all of the models are at best, stand-in's.

Cheers, Jim Fitch



Date: 08/30/13 08:40
Re: Rio Grande's Cookie Boxcar
Author: hogantunnel

zBolton Wrote:
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> Haha, love the imagination! Love the boxcar!

Yes, the fantasy is tremendous, tons of peanut butter and oatmeal raisin cookies!



Date: 08/30/13 17:23
Re: Rio Grande's Cookie Boxcar
Author: CrudPunko

hogantunnel Wrote:
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> zBolton Wrote:
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> -----
> > Haha, love the imagination! Love the boxcar!
>
> Yes, the fantasy is tremendous, tons of peanut
> butter and oatmeal raisin cookies!


Oh yuch!! Raisins have no business being in cookies :-)



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