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Boxcar, 40 Foot, Steel Combo Door

Vehicle - Rail - Rolling Stock (Freight) - 40 Foot Steel Combo Door
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NameBoxcar, 40 Foot, Steel Combo Door
RegionNorth America
CategoryRail
TypeRolling Stock (Freight)
SubTypeBoxcar
Variety40 Foot Steel Combo Door
ManufacturerVarious (Details)
EraNA Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)



History: The plug-and-sliding-door or combo-door boxcar is a versatile car that can act as either a double door boxcar or a plug door boxcar. If you were loading 8' studs in the car, you would load the car just like any other double door boxcar. But if you are loading paper, you would seal the far doors with duct tape, load the car and close the slider. Seal the slider with duct tape, and then shut the plug door to seal the car.

The main reason all the large box cars today have mostly plug doors, is that large sliding doors just get too hard to move. Trying to open regular 8' sliding doors, unless the cars were fairly new, is quite challenging. After a sliding-door car was several years old, you'd see where the sliding door was getting all banged up from people using forklift blades to open and close the doors. Plug doors, however, run on wide runners and rollers, and are therefore easier to move. Also, since the doors are out away from the car side, there is no problem when a car side becomes bulged out due to wear and tear.
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Item Links: We found: 1 different collections associated with Rail - Rolling Stock (Freight) - 40 Foot Steel Combo Door
Item created by: gdm on 2018-06-08 11:43:50. Last edited by gdm on 2018-08-31 07:28:54

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