An early low-bulkhead flat

D. Scott Chatfield
 

The Southern was definitely ahead of its time.  We generally think of low bulkheads are being a very modern thing.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/DUPLICATE-SLIDE-Southern-SOU-115757-Flat-Car-w-High-Wide-Dallas-TX-1965/372459362469

Note the very low bulkhead, Hydra-Cushion stencil, but still has ribbed-back wheels.  One of 25 cars #d 115750-150774 rebuilt by Evans in 1964 from series 120998-122997, which were pulpwood "racks" rebuilt in 1956 from _gondolas_ in the series 175000-176344.

Stenciled as return to Rome, GA, so presumably this transformer came from the GE plant there.

49'9" over the pulling faces because of the cushioned underframe.  Otherwise the body is a typical 40-foot fishbelly sidesill flatcar of the prewar years, even though they started life as low-side gons with straight sills.

Scott Chatfield

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