About those unpainted wooden running boards . . .

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About those unpainted wooden running boards . . .

Jim Courtney
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Are we sure that house car wooden running boards were never painted, because of safety regulations??





Jim Courtney
Poulsbo, WA
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CM Auditor
Folks,
Looking the Colorado Midland specs for box cars in both 1886 and 1890, the specification for running boards was the color of car mixed with 6 oz of find sand per gallon of paint used.

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Jim Courtney
Makes one wonder whether the same sand/grit in paint treatment was used on metal Murphy roofs when the cars were new, like the C&S boxcars of 1908-1910.  

Conventional wisdom has it that C&S boxcar roofs were never painted, to avoid slippery wet surfaces, but perhaps that's just from observations of cars in the 1930s, when maintenance was deferred.
Jim Courtney
Poulsbo, WA
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Jeff Young
While not C&S, that last picture appears to show a bunch of red reefers.  (At least judging by the doors; there are no ice hatches on top.)

(Great pictures, by the way.)

Cheers,
Jeff.


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Chris Walker
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Insulated Plug-door Boxcars were a class of Bunkerless Refrigerator Cars for perishible traffic not requiring refrigeration.
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Keith Hayes
How peaky!
Keith Hayes
Leadville in Sn3