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Date: 01/13/21 08:12
WAG Wednesday: Bill’s Boxcars (vol 4)
Author: santafe199

This week we take a short break from the Alma Branch series, which has a ways to go yet. At the moment Art is still receiving some intense physical therapy, which he opted for in lieu of major back surgery. His biggest inconvenience is not having access to his computer, which means he’s been out of touch with TO for a few weeks. When he gets back home to a normal situation he’ll have quite a load of catching up to do. So I decided to substitute another “Bill’s Boxcars” episode to put a slight delay on our Alma thing. Last I heard, Art will be back home around the 16th.

This 4th volume of Bill’s Boxcars has a 2-image bonus, which was inspired by this thread posted by Evan Werkema: ( https://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?11,5174219 ). Having a bit of fun, I’ve also arranged the normal 3 images to correlate to a 3-color RR signal. Enjoy…

1. (Clear signal) NYC 74614 at N Kansas City, MO on May 28, 1960.

2. (Approach signal) PFE 2811 rolling west through Topeka, KS on December 17, 1960. “2811” was Bill’s favorite number. Art assures us that had his Pop been able to experience TO.com he would most assuredly have used the screen name of “wag2811”.

3. (Stop signal) GN 156003 in Topeka, KS on October 28, 1961. Not exactly a “box” car, but I doubt anyone will complain… ;^)








Date: 01/13/21 08:13
Re: WAG Wednesday: Bill’s Boxcars (vol 4)
Author: santafe199

How ‘bout a couple more…

4. & 5. MILW 16241 is experiencing some “technical difficulties” at the moment, which came on February 4, 1961 in Topeka, KS.
Five photos by William A. Gibson (WAG) Sr.

Thanks for looking back!
Lance Garrels (santafe199)
Art Gibson (wag216)






Date: 01/13/21 08:22
Re: WAG Wednesday: Bill’s Boxcars (vol 4)
Author: ntharalson

Good ones, Lance, thanks for posting.  It looks like that Milwaukee car suffered a burned off journal like that posted earlier this week.  And I loved the GN stock car!

Nick Tharalson,
Marion, IA



Date: 01/13/21 08:30
Re: WAG Wednesday: Bill’s Boxcars (vol 4)
Author: Conch

A wonderfully colorful group of house cars. Gotta love the fresh paint!  Images 4 & 5 are most instructive on the initial damage of a hot box.  Had they gone a bit further, we'd be looking a pile of derailed cars awaiting the big hook.
Thanks to you, Art and WAG for sharing these classic images.



Date: 01/13/21 08:31
Re: WAG Wednesday: Bill’s Boxcars (vol 4)
Author: texchief1

Neat cars!

RC Lundgren



Date: 01/13/21 08:33
Re: WAG Wednesday: Bill’s Boxcars (vol 4)
Author: retcsxcfm

Working on a truck like that I have
done many times.

Uncle Joe



Date: 01/13/21 08:45
Re: WAG Wednesday: Bill’s Boxcars (vol 4)
Author: santafe199

retcsxcfm Wrote: > ...  Working on a truck like ...

And I'm betting the aroma from that burned up carcass was a tad bit on the unpleasant side...

;^)



Date: 01/13/21 09:14
Re: WAG Wednesday: Bill’s Boxcars (vol 4)
Author: cr7998

Lance - thanks for a wonderful selection of 60's era freight cars.  Wish I had taken many more in my early days.  Although much of the rail industry was in deep financial trouble in the 60's and 70's, the colorful and varied freight cars of that era seemed to belie that.  Hope you have more to share.  Thanks.

Steve Salamon
Valley City, OH



Date: 01/13/21 09:22
Re: WAG Wednesday: Bill’s Boxcars (vol 4)
Author: santafe199

cr7998 Wrote: > ... Hope you have more to share ...

By a quick estimate, there are many dozens more boxcars to see from Bill's (& Art's) camera(s). So don't go anywhere... ;^)

Lance



Date: 01/13/21 09:38
Re: WAG Wednesday: Bill’s Boxcars (vol 4)
Author: 41

I see what appears to be a scorch mark near other end of that MILW boxcar. Wonder if it had two hotbox issues......



Date: 01/13/21 09:55
Re: WAG Wednesday: Bill’s Boxcars (vol 4)
Author: rantoul

Who came with a hoist and jack stands...nearest railroad car shop?



Date: 01/13/21 11:20
Re: WAG Wednesday: Bill’s Boxcars (vol 4)
Author: Ritzville

Enjoyable series of boxcars!!

Larry



Date: 01/13/21 16:06
Re: WAG Wednesday: Bill’s Boxcars (vol 4)
Author: JimBaker

When re assembling the truck, are the springs just lightly loaded by the bolster.
Do they just slide into place, or what?     -- Thanks, Jim B.

James R.(Jim) Baker
Whittier, CA



Date: 01/13/21 16:53
Re: WAG Wednesday: Bill’s Boxcars (vol 4)
Author: Locoinsp

Geat photos, Lance! Thanks for posting these. Really like the stock car!



Date: 01/13/21 17:10
Re: WAG Wednesday: Bill’s Boxcars (vol 4)
Author: agentatascadero

Great images from the days when frieght trains were still eye pleasing.
We probably all can recall counting cars on passing freights.  My buddies and I would often change this up, and instead count how many different railroads one could count in the train.

AA

Stanford White
Carmel Valley, CA



Date: 01/14/21 01:29
Re: WAG Wednesday: Bill’s Boxcars (vol 4)
Author: mp51w

I wonder if that Morrell reefer behind the NYC boxcar, was ever a visitor to the Topeka plant?



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