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Vehicle - Rail - Passenger Car - Streamlined/Lightweight - Corrugated

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Vehicle - Rail - Passenger Car - Streamlined/Lightweight - Corrugated

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Name Passenger Car, Lightweight, Corrugated
Region North America
Category Rail
Type Passenger Car
SubType Streamlined/Lightweight
Variety Corrugated
Manufacturer Various (Details)
Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Source of Text TroveStar



History: In the post-war period, passenger rail service boomed. In order to increase efficiency, the railroads set to replacing their old wood, steel and concrete heavyweight passenger cars with newer lightweight, streamlined cars. The new cars were made from stainless steel, aluminum and Cor-Ten steel. These cars required less motive power to pull and were cheaper to manufacture. Production was also concentrated in a few manufacturers rather than each railroad making its own. This led to standardization which further reduced costs. The new "lightweight" cars were also given "streamlined" designs to make them more visually appealing. Budd, Pullman Standard and ACF were all well known manufacturers of these cars.

Corrugated cars were developed for strength of construction. Similar to a cardboard box, the design presented a greater material strength than their smoothside brethren. These cars were not typically painted.

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Item created by: gdm on 2020-03-09 10:57:44

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