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Old 4th February 2008, 18:43   #1
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Default What to do 40' Hicube box cars?

Hi Guys,

can any one tell me what 40' Hi cube box cars where used for?

Over the years I seem to have acquired a few and I am not sure what to do with them!
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Old 5th February 2008, 00:05   #2
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I think they were used for auto parts. Large items with no wieght to them such as hoods, trunk lids and fenders. I know that they had special racks in them for Ford. My dad work for Ford for 17 yrs and had goon with him on family days and saw the unloading of parts and the loading of new cars. The racks were removed by fork lift and then unloaded from the racks on to the line.
Hope i'm right and it helps.
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Old 5th February 2008, 00:17   #3
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Also Farm Machinery Tires and and parts were shipped in them too.
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Old 5th February 2008, 20:47   #4
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I found some info on this subject. I found the info on http://www.railgoat.railfan.net/index.htm

These 40'-6" hi-cube box cars were all built to the same basic design by Pacific Car & Foundry in 1966 and featured 5001 ft3 capacity, Hydra-Cushion underframes and 10'-6" Youngstown sliding doors. These cars came to be nicknamed the "Ugly Ducklings" due their awkward apearance. They were intended for appliance service.


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Old 9th February 2008, 05:23   #5
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Larger boxcars were used for items of low density -- things like appliancs and cars that were basically metal shells with a lot of air in them. Railway tracks have a limit for weight on axles, so very dense products, like iron ore, don't neyd very big cars, while light ones can fill even one of those ugly ducklings without approaching the limit.
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Old 15th February 2008, 13:06   #6
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Default Re: What to do 40' Hicube box cars?

Thanks Guys,

sounds like they a bit to recent for layout as I am setting in the mid 50's. I could stretch it to the 60's ans use, as the layout is quite rural they could carry farm machinery to a local dealer.
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Old 23rd February 2008, 20:05   #7
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Note that the light panel at the top of the ends is important because it helps trainmen to notice that these cars are taller than normal cars.
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Old 24th February 2008, 06:03   #8
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Here is a photo I snapped at a crossing for you today.

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