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Rail - Rolling Stock (Freight) - Boxcar - 40 Foot Steel Combo Door
Name Boxcar, 40 Foot, Steel Combo Door
Region North America
Category Rail
Type Rolling Stock (Freight)
SubType Boxcar
Variety 40 Foot Steel Combo Door
Manufacturer Various (Details)
Era Era III: 1939 - 1957


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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 boxcars. 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. I remember trying to open 8' sliding doors, and unless the cars were fairly new, open and closing sliding doors was a real PITA. After and car was several years old, you's see where the door was getting all banged up from people using forklift blades to open and close the doors. Plug doors run on wide runners and rollers, and are easier to move. And since the doors are out away from the car side, there is not problem when a car side is bulged out.

Railroad/Company: This set of items is comprised of more than one name. Please look at the component items for details on the specific roadnames and/or manufacturers.


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Item created by: gdm on 2018-06-08 11:43:50

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