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Top. The New York C entral l O-ton f latcar o f AAR d esign. The w ood-floor c ar was built b y NYC shop forces in 1944, o ne o f 300 such cars p rodu ced in t he s ame lot. N ote the c rated loads, s ecured t o the c ar with m etal b ands . A bove . Th e crates on

Richard Hend ri ckson's c omp leted l O-ton flatcar m odel a re b asswood o n so lid w ood c ores, " held " b y b anding m ad e of d raftsman 's b o rde r t ape .

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O ctober o f 1 942, p rompted b y w artime s hortages o f b oth f reight c ars a nd t he s teel n eeded t o b uild t hem , t he A ssociation o f A merican R ail. r oads a dopted a n umber o f " war e mergency" s tandard c ar d esign s . T hese w ere d eveloped f rom e xisti ng " state o fthe a rt" f reightcars s o t hey c ould b e p roduced q uickly w ith a m inimum i nvestme nt o flabor a nd n ew t ooling, b ut u sed w ood i n p lace o f s teel w herever p os sib le. A mong t he d esigns s elected b y t he AAR C ommittee o n C ar C onstruction f or w artime p roduction w as a 7 0-ton, 5 3 ' -6" f latcar o f w hich a h undr ed h ad b een d elivered t o t he E r ie R ailroad i n M arch o f 1 942 b y t he

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G reenville S teel C ar Co. T hese E rie c ars, n umbered 8 000-8099 , w ere r epresented i n t he 1 943 CAR BUILDERS CYCLOPEDIA b y a s et o f d rawings a nd a p hoto o f No . 8 086. B oth t h e d rawings a nd t he p hoto a re r eprinted i n N ewton G regg's TRAIN SHED CYCLOPEDIA N o. 1 7. D rawings o f t he A AR s tanda rd d esign b ased o n t hese E rie c ars c an b e f ound i n t he s ame s ources, a nd a c areful e xamination s hows t hat i t i s n early i dentical t o t he E r ie v ersion , a part f rom t he u se o f w ood f loor s tringers i nstead o f s teel. A n otable f eature o f t hese f latcars w as t he e xtremely l ow d eck h eight o f 3 ' -5" a bove t he r ailS , e nabling t hem t o c arry b ul ky l oads
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