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Cushioning Pullman-Standard’s 50-foot, 6-inch Hydro- frame-60 equipped cars of the era resembled this one. Some elements were used in the Southern boxcar order, most con- spicuously the underhung train line. Also used was the Pullman proprietary uncoupling arrangement. Note also the lack of heavy underslung cross- bearer weldments. — P-S photo, author’s collection


(CNO&TP); 9455–9483 came stenciled for New Orleans & Northeastern Railroad (NO&NE). Alabama Great Southern (AGS) got cars 9484–9498 while Geor- gia Southern & Florida (GS&F) got the sole remaining car, 9499. Pullman built the cars with Camel 10-foot sliding doors and used Pullmans’ nailable steel flooring throughout. Lading band anchors were also supplied by cutting slots into the interior sides at each side post location. P-S fitted Miner hand brakes and a standard foundation brake sys- tem to the cars. Note that at the time, Pullman located the brake train line within the floating cush- ion sill, and the connection for the triple valve utilized a long hose to accommodate the 60 inches of travel (30 inches each side of cen- ter). At the time, Pullman was fond of bringing the train line down below the center sill between the


SOU 9206 Southern 9206 was at Nixon, Georgia, on July 28, 1990. — Oscar Kimsey photo


trucks, which made it very vis- ible, along with the eight-inch wide crossbearer bottom plates. Three-inch wide flange “Z” sec- tions supported the flooring, and most of the car’s construction employed welding. Note that the side sheets join between the side posts — a somewhat unusual feature, as side sheets generally abut together at or behind post locations.


Pullman also incorporated its rather unusual uncoupling ar- rangement — essentially a long “pole” rotated upward to oper- ate the coupler toggle. However, the long rod ended up near the coupler pulling face and in line with it. No doubt many a car was bad-ordered due to coupler pass-by. George Eichelberger, in his excellent monograph South- ern Railway Equipment Draw- ings and Photographs, Volume II, Book 1 (Southern Railway His-


torical Association), relates that the cut levers were replaced as the cars came due for shopping. Although photos show various replacement designs, I drew the cars as delivered.


Another unusual feature was the introduction of a long hose looped between the fixed pipe at- tached to the floating sill and a bracket bolted to the coupler. Giv- en that the coupler had no more travel in relation to the sill than any other car, I have no idea why


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