Freight Cars by Class
By the early 1930s, the Pennsylvania Railroad rostered several dozen different classes of boxcars, hoppers, gondolas and other freight equipment. Despite the ongoing Depression, the 1930s saw a substantial shift in the equipment rosters of many railroads, including the PRR. Large quantities of older wood-sheathed or composite-bodied rolling stock from before WWI finally reached retirement age, and new all-steel equipment designs rapidly proliferated, becoming more popular and, for the first time more standardized in the years that would lead up to WWII. Our snapshot of cars that served one particular company illustrates the variety of the PRR's transitional boxcar designs of this era, etc etc etc.
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