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Railway Prototype Cyclopedia Vols 31-32
Patrick C. Wider
Railway Proto Cyclopedia
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2016-05-04 00:00:00
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Railway Prototype Cyclopedia Vols. 31 - 32

Lightweight House Cars Part 2 (Double Issue)

By Patrick C Wider.

Paperback, 8.5x11", 265 pages, 5 tables, 36 industry trade ads, 99 diagrams, 234 photos. 2016.

"With these lightweight, low-alloy steel house cars built during the 1930s to early 1950s, some railroads and car builders tried to reduce the empty weight of cars to reduce operating costs.

High-strength steel alloys used included: USS Cor-Ten and Man-Ten Steels, Bethlehem Mayari-R Steel, Youngstown Yoloy Steel, Republic Aldecor and Double Strength steels, Inland High Steel, Great Lakes N-A-X High Tensile Steel (Ductiloy Steel), J&L Otiscoloy Steel, and Alan Wood Dynaloy Steel. A brief history of the use of these new steel alloys for railway car construction is included as well as their impact on the tare weights of box and automobile cars.

"The weight saved through the use of the high-strength steel alloys in the various house car designs varied greatly. As they cost more than conventional cars, the experiment was of questionable value - but for the significant number of unique freight cars of interest to historians and model railroad enthusiasts.

"The article includes relevant house cars for the following railroads:

  • Atlantic Coast Line (ACL)
  • Santa Fe (AT&SF)
  • Bessemer & Lake Erie (B&LE)
  • Baltimore & Ohio (B&O)
  • Birmingham Southern (BS)
  • Chicago North Western (C&NW)
  • Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O)
  • Burlington Route (CB&Q)
  • Chicago Great Western (CGW)
  • Monon (CIL)
  • Omaha Road (CMStP&P)
  • Rock Island (CRI&P)
  • Delaware & Hudson (D&H)
  • Rio Grande (D&RGW)
  • Lackawanna (DL&W)
  • Elgin Joliet & Eastern (EJ&E)
  • Great Northern (GN)
  • Kansas City Southern (KCS)
  • Merchants Despatch (MDT)
  • Manufacturers (MRS)
  • Mississippi Central (MSC)
  • Nickel Plate (NKP)
  • Oregon Short Line (OSL)
  • Oregon RR & Navigation (OWR&N)
  • Pere Marquette (PM), Pennsy (PRR)
  • Railway Express (REX)
  • Southern Pacific (SP)
  • Spokane Portland & Seattle (SP&S)
  • Cotton Belt (SSW)
  • Texas & New Orleans (T&NO)
  • Union Pacific (UP)
  • Wheeling & Lake Erie (W&LE)."