Repairing the wreck damage on West Side Lumber 297

By the summer of 2013, the time had come to begin work on #297. The first order of business was to deal with the most pressing issues – strengthen the right side and intermediate sills and get the car sitting correctly on its “A” end truck. The car was pulled …

An initial assessment of West Side 297 upon its arrival in Kansas

The climate of northeast Kansas is somewhat wet and humid – not Dallas humid or Seattle wet – but wet and humid nonetheless. While the climate is favorable to farming, it is not such a plus when it comes to keeping ancient wooden railroad cars alive. Thus the first, and …

Colorado & Southern narrow gauge boxcar 8301 – the garden shed

Just over one-third of the body of Colorado & Southern narrow gauge boxcar 8301 remains today as a shed in Northeast Kansas. In its 106 years of existence, C&S 8301 has been a railroad car for a little over 30 years and a shed – in at least four different …

D&RGW 04953

  Denver & Rio Grande Western outfit car 04953 began life around 1898 as a 30’ long 20-ton capacity boxcar, numbered 4953. The D&RG rostered 400 such cars, collectively known as the “4000 series boxcars”, and for a few years they formed the backbone of the railroad’s narrow gauge boxcar …

Denver & Rio Grande Western Drop Bottom Gondola 812

Denver & Rio Grande Western drop bottom gondola 812 was built by the National Car Company in 1904 as part of a group of 100 such cars numbered 800-899. At the same time, the Rio Grande took delivery of another 100 drop bottom gondolas, numbered 700-799. The main difference between …