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This is kinda interesting to me and I'm glad you asked. I will be interested to see what answers come from the group. I always kinda figured that the actual drawing was just a generalization and that the measurements were the "important" or "useful" information. I came to this conclusion because to me, a lot of the drawings of similar types of cars looked, well, a little "to similar" to me.
On Sun, Jan 24, 2021 at 9:52 PM, D. Scott Chatfield
So I was looking through my Southern general arrangement drawings, a pile that stops in the late '60s, and noticed that the drawings for both the Pullman Big Reds and Greenville Little Big Reds both show a 14-panel car side. This doesn't match either, since the Big Reds had 20 panels and the Little Big Reds had 18 panels. (We count only the full height panels.). It turns out that these drawings are pretty close to what some of the Little Big Reds looked like after they were rebodied in the mid '80s. Strange or prescient?
Did any of the later G.A. books have corrected drawings for these cars?