Author Topic: Boxcar on PM south of LaPorte  (Read 3188 times)

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Boxcar on PM south of LaPorte
« on: September 05, 2012, 06:30:47 PM »
Is there any back story on this old boxcar sitting next to the abandoned Pere Marquette right-of-way south of LaPorte?
It is on 400 South just west of IN 39.  You can see that the trucks are gone...  too bad.

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Re: Boxcar on PM south of LaPorte
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2012, 11:33:04 PM »
oh sweet! great find!
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Re: Boxcar on PM south of LaPorte
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2012, 12:53:44 PM »
Found this link talking about these Mather boxcars.

http://www.sdrm.org/roster/freight/box3024/

... and this one.

http://www.midcontinent.org/collectn/woodfrt/acy3011.html

What is interesting is this line:

"There is only one other AC&Y Mather boxcar known to exist today outside of Mid-Continent's collection. It is owned by San Diego Railroad Museum at Campo, California."

Also, Wikipedia says "Several examples of Mather's stock cars exist in museums, but only eight of the hundreds of box cars that Mather built survive to this day. One, ACY #3024, is owned by the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association (operators of the San Diego Railroad Museum), while the remaining seven are owned by the Mid-Continent Railway Museum in North Freedom, Wisconsin."

I wonder if this boxcar south of LaPorte is an AC&Y.  Even if not, it still looks like it may be one of only nine still in existence.  Wonder if that would make Hoosier Valley interested in it?
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Re: Boxcar on PM south of LaPorte
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2012, 01:05:28 PM »
Wow, great find. Wish I could offer more info.
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Re: Boxcar on PM south of LaPorte
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2014, 08:17:35 PM »
I'm interested in more information about the Mather car in these photos. has anyone visited this in recent months? Is the car still there? I live in PA and am interested in seeing it first hand.
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Re: Boxcar on PM south of LaPorte
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2014, 08:53:06 PM »
ugh, wow.
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Re: Boxcar on PM south of LaPorte
« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2014, 01:41:34 AM »
That little circle visible on the bottom corners of the box car. Is that for polling cars?
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Re: Boxcar on PM south of LaPorte
« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2014, 07:14:10 AM »
Yes. Those are polling pockets

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Re: Boxcar on PM south of LaPorte
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2014, 01:46:37 PM »
A dangerous now illegal practice.
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Re: Boxcar on PM south of LaPorte
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2014, 02:02:00 PM »
A dangerous now illegal practice.
in the olden days,  a crew could utilize a wooden pole to either shove a car into a siding from an adjaccent track  or shove a car clear if it was fowling a switch by wedging the pole into the pockets on the car and the loco... which was great, unless you were the guy between a 60ton piece of equipment, and a 120ton (or more if you are using steam locos) piece of equipment holding a pieceof wood that's five feet long, 9 inches across, and could snap like a toothpick if whoved too hard or into something...
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