Re: Southern 43000-series PS-1s

George Eichelberger

The aluminum doors on these cars were the result of Alcoa complaining to the Southern that they were a huge shipper but the railroad was not buying enough aluminum. The complaint led to aluminum doors, Silversides the all-door cars and Big Johns.

There are several memos on the problem in the archives. I suspect few of the aluminum doors lasted until the roof walk was removed, etc, fork lift drivers showed them no mercy.


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