locked Re: Pulpwood and Line In Boxcars

O Fenton Wells

If you google pulpwood you will see many boxcars loaded with pulpwood like attached.

On Wed, Sep 9, 2020 at 9:46 AM T <tom@...> wrote:


In the 90’s I worked with an older gentleman who told of his first summer job in Downtown iuka Mississippi was loading “logs” by hand into Boxcars.  I asked him if he was sure it was a boxcar and not like a pulpwood flat. He said they had doors and you had to turn right of left when you got the log into the car. They grabbed the logs and ran up a ramp into the boxcar. He was born in about 30 and so this would have been late 40s may be 50s I’m thinking. His story was confirmed by another older fellow who worked with us who said the name of the fellow who had this as a full time job. He said that fellow could flat out load logs. Some other younger folk confirmed they had heard the “story”.

Tom Gregory

Iuka Mississippi.


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Subject: Re: [SouthernRailway] Pulpwood and Line In Boxcars


I am certain Central of Georgia box cars, without doors, were used in lime service. I have taken, but not found, photos of either CG or Southern cars carrying lime but I will keep looking. The Hayne Shop records show some 50' cars in lime service but they may have been roof hatch cars.

One reason why I sure 40' cars were used is because seeing box cars with no doors was unusual. There is no official drawing but the Central applied a small (3" letters?) stencil to the right of the door that said something like "lime service, no doors, do not bad order".

Bulk fertilizer or untreated hides ("tankage") were supposed to be shipped only in the lowest class box cars as they contaminated the car. Box cars at that point were one step from the scrap line. As no "modifications" were done, there are no shop records or car assignments that tell us which cars were in that kind of service. Given the condition of the cars, I suspect they were not in that service very long.

I am not aware of box cars being used for pulpwood although "never say never". While shortages of wood racks were not uncommon, unloading facilities at mills would have had a difficult time dealing with box cars. Even with inexpensive labor, the time to load and unload box cars by hand would have made it uneconomical.


Fenton Wells
250 Frye Rd
Pinehurst NC 28374

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