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The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / WW&F boxcar 309
« on: April 15, 2010, 11:47:23 AM »
I am in the final stage of a (hopefully) historically accurate plan for boxcar 309 as it looked in 1933.
There are a few discrepancies between the well-known photo of 309 in the string of boxcars at Wiscasset (published i.e. in Peter Barney's Pictorial Review) and how 309 looks today:
One of them are the roughly square wooden patches applied to the sides between the steps and the body corner. I am certain that this can not be a random negative or print irregularity - they must have been there in 1933. I wonder now
1. What was their purpose?
2. Were similar (probably slightly narrower) patches applied to the ends?
I found one photo taken at the Ramsdell farm where a shadow line might indicate so. Unfortunately, the printing quality does not allow any qualified observations.

I also had extensive communication with Marcel L. on this subject as he was one of the participants of the reconstruction. He was certain to have documented extensively the state of #309 when reconstruction began and could not remember the patches. However, during 60 years of storage, they might have simply rotten away...

Can a fellow reader shed further light on this issue?
I would be particularly interested in whether early photos from the Ramsdell farm might show a better view of the car end, either confirming or disproving my guess.

Wolf-Jobst

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The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / WW&F RPO combine - questions
« on: March 20, 2010, 01:00:28 PM »
I am researching this car with the hope of creating someday an accurate plan. So far, I accumulated several bits and pieces on Jackson & Sharp trolley car building practices so that this seems to be feasible if just a few hard dimensions could be discovered.

I have heard two rumours and wonder if a fellow reader could shed some light on this:

1. At the site where the RPO was finally bulldozed, there is said a partial frame to be still visible. At least until a few years ago.
Does anybody have photos and/or dimensions?

2. Supposedly one or two window frames are still existing.
Is there anybody who could provide dimensions?

Regards,
Wolf-Jobst

PS:
I am aware of the plan by John T. Derr. For several reasons, I believe it is not 100% accurate. This is no author bashing - simply an observation based on information discovered post-publishing.

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