The Lifespan of a Boxcar Floor

When wooden railroad cars were the industry standard, it was generally accepted that the cars had a 20 to 25 year lifespan. A major rebuilding could extend the service life of a wood freight car, such as in the early 1920’s when the Denver & Rio Grande Western rebuilt its …

C&S 8027 Part IV

It’s a boxcar again – now what? Why, move it to Kansas, of course. By late 2010, C&S 8027 was looking pretty good. While there was still a lot to do, it at least looked like a boxcar again, and a fairly complete one at that. That said, the question …

C&S 8027 Part III – Restoration

By the summer of 2008, I had made the decision to start restoring C&S 8027. One of the earliest decisions to be made in the restoration was to settle on what era the car would be restored to as it had sported several different appearances and at least three different …

Colorado & Southern 8027 Part II

A Decision As noted in my last post, early March 2005 found me the proud owner of Colorado & Southern narrow gauge boxcar 8027 and very little in the way of ideas as to what to do with it. Step one was to move the car to a more secure …

Colorado & Southern Narrow Gauge Boxcar 8027

Part I – The Beginning Welcome to my latest restoration project – finishing out a narrow gauge boxcar that I have had for almost 15 years and getting it ready to go back home to Colorado. By this summer, Colorado & Southern boxcar No. 8027 should be in Como, Colorado …