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"Traditional" box cars today: vanishing vistas?
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L. F. LOREE 1403
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« Reply #20 on: Oct 12th, 2015, 10:40am »
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NEFAN:
 
GREAT photos; thanks for sharing here!
 
As a lifelong North Jerseyan, the "SUSIE-Q" box car really brought back a lot of great memories; the SF car is a classic unto itself ('nuff said!)
 
The UP unit indeed MORE than spoke for itself!
 
Though passenger trains have always been my greatest love, I've always had a soft spot in my heart for the classic 40-foot box cars that so many of us grew up with back in the day.
 
No shortage of them whatsoever in Hoboken and Jersey City, back in my much younger days!
 
Watching a long, ponderous freight clatter through a a grade crossing, you were indeed getting a true geography lesson, seeing a colorful parade of cars rumble by, representing virtually every state in the USA!
 
It was ALWAYS fun trying to remember all the slogans of the different roads as the train clattered past......that was a game unto itself!
 
At one time, few of us could ever imagine a freight without a caboose (or sometimes two) tagging along at the end of a freight.
 
Today, the caboose has vanished from everyday sight, and the time-honored box cars are poised to follow them down the echoing corridors of time.
 
Give me a classic box car over a container, anyday.....
 
"L.F.L."


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L. F. LOREE 1403
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« Reply #21 on: Oct 12th, 2015, 12:20pm »
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Back in the 60's, the ex-DL&W "ROUTE OF PHOEBE SNOW" boxcars were as commonplace as cabooses and semaphores.....I knew them well, long ago.....
 
http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/el/frt/dlw12038aga.jpg
 
(courtesy: fallenflags.org)


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« Reply #22 on: Oct 12th, 2015, 12:26pm »
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The same classic DL&W slogan ("THE ROUTE OF PHOEBE SNOW") also adorned their "floating boxcar" fleet, through the 1960's.
 
This photo was taken at Hoboken, in 1968; back in the day, these humble craft (like their rail-bound relatives) were also taken for granted by many.....sadly, none of these humble, workaday vessels survive today.....
 
http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/el/frt/dlw-b196.jpg
 
(courtesy: fallenflags.org)


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« Reply #23 on: Oct 12th, 2015, 12:38pm »
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A rusting, faded C&NW forty footer at Newark, NJ, back in 1983, obviously having seen far better days........
 
http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/cnw/cnw1391akg.jpg
 
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« Reply #24 on: Oct 12th, 2015, 9:45pm »
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A most interesting B&M relic sits quietly in the sun on a tranquil day in 1982, at Mechanicsburg, NY.
 
Note "MILK" lettering; even as a milk car, it certainly is of an interesting design.......
 
http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/bm/bm1955m.jpg
 
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« Reply #25 on: Oct 12th, 2015, 11:23pm »
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Recalling SOUTHERN pride.......
 
http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/sout/sou-xm9030ccd.jpg
 
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« Reply #26 on: Oct 13th, 2015, 1:40pm »
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"MAIN LINE OF MID-AMERICA"........
 
http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/ic/ic39878akg.jpg
 
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