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Re: [CBQ] 150 years on

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Subject: Re: [CBQ] 150 years on
From: "Randy Hees" <randyhees@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 4 Nov 2021 07:51:38 -0700

This is an interesting take on a common 19th century car type.   Combination or Ventilator cars were common in the west, built by Central Pacific by 1871, and common on narrow gauge lines.  They seem to have been primarily used for produce in a period before refrigeration, and a common name applied to them was “strawberry “cars…   In the South they were known as “Water melon” cars.  In all cases they could be closed and used as common boxcars.  They had full height end doors so lumber or other long loads could be carried. 


What we don’t see them used for is for livestock.   Of course live stock do what animals do and as a result the car would be considered dirty…   Also, in California, bagged wheat was carried on platform cars… rain was generally not a problem.

Randy Hees

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