Contents 1 Use 2 Dimensions 3 Double-door boxcar 4 Hicube boxcar 5 Passenger use 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Use[edit] Illustration of a boxcar being unloaded by hand Boxcars can carry most kinds of freight. Originally they were hand-loaded, but in more recent years mechanical assistance such as forklifts have been used to load and empty them faster. Their generalized design is still slower to load and unload than specialized designs of car, and this partially explains the decline in boxcar numbers since World War II. The other cause for this decline is the dramatic shift of waterborne cargo transport to container shipping. Effectively a boxcar without the wheels and chassis, a container is designed to be amenable to intermodal freight transport, whether by container ships, trucks or trains, and can be delivered door-to-door. Even loose loads such as coal, grain and ore can be carried in a boxcar with boards over the side door openings. Later grain transport would use metal reinforced cardboard which was nailed over the door and could be punctured by a grain auger for unloading. This was more common in earlier days; it was susceptible to losing much loading during the journey, and damaged the boxcar. It was also impossible to mechanically load and unload. Grain can also be transported in boxcars designed specifically for that purpose; specialized equipment and procedures are required to load and unload the cars. However grain is better transported in covered hopper cars. Livestock can be transported in a boxcar (which was standard practice in the U.S. until the mid-1880s), but there is insufficient ventilation in warm weather. Specially-built stock cars or converted boxcars are preferable. Insulated boxcars are used for certain types of perishable loads that do not require the precise temperature control provided by a refrigerator car. Circuses used boxcars to transport their workers, supplies, and animals to get from town to town. Box cars were used for bulk commodities such as coal, particularly in the Midwestern United States in the early 20th century. This use was sufficiently widespread that several companies developed competing box-car loaders to automate coal loading. By 1905, 350 to 400 such machines were in use, mostly at Midwestern coal mines.[1] Historically automobiles were carried in boxcars, but during the 1960s specially built autoracks took over; these carried more cars in the same space and were easier to load and unload. The automotive parts business, however, has always been a big user of the boxcar, and larger capacity "high cube" cars evolved in the 1960s to meet the auto parts industry's needs. Special boxcars carry newsprint paper and other damage-sensitive cargo. While not holding the dominant position in the world of rail borne freight that they had before World War II, the boxcar still exists and is used in great numbers around the world.

Dimensions[edit] The most common boxcars are 50'-6" to 60'-9" in length, 9'-4" to 9'-6" wide, and 10'-10" to 11' high. A hi-roof boxcar is 13' in height. These are inside dimensions. Corresponding exterior dimensions would be 55'-5" to 67'-11" in length, and 10'-6" to 10'-8" in width.[2]

Double-door boxcar[edit] A Helm Financial Corporation a double-door boxcar passes through Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. A Santa Fe door-and-a-half boxcar being loaded with the wing from the Spirit of St. Louis A double-door boxcar has two sliding doors on each side instead of one. Double-door boxcars can be more convenient for household storage and passage uses. The double door gives the user a wider range of options than a standard one. Door-and-a-half cars (see the image of the Santa Fe boxcar) were used on the PRR, N&W, B&O, WSS, and CNJ railroads since the smaller opening did not require as much inside bracing.

Hicube boxcar[edit] In recent years "hicube" — "high cubic capacity" — boxcars have become more common in the USA. These are taller than regular boxcars and as such can only run on routes with increased clearance (see loading gauge and structure gauge). The excess height section of the car end is often painted with a white band so as to be easily visible if wrongly assigned to a low-clearance line.[3] The internal height of the 86-foot (26.21 m) hicube boxcars originally used in automotive parts service was generally 12 feet 9 inches (3.89 m).[4]

Passenger use[edit] British soldiers on board a quarante et huit wagon in France in 1939. The stencilled sign in the top right of the picture says "HOMMES 40 : CHEVEAUX (en long) 8", meaning "Men 40 : Horses 8" Interior of a boxcar used by Germany to transport prisoners headed to concentration camps during World War II An aging freight General Utility Vans boxcar The boxcar has been used to carry passengers, especially during wartime. In both World Wars, French boxcars known as forty-and-eights (40/8) were used as troop transports as well as for freight; in World War II first by the French forces, then the German, and finally the Allies. The shared experience among Allied soldiers spawned groups such as the Forty and Eight veterans organization. In addition to soldiers, the Germans transported prisoners in crowded boxcars during the Nazi regime, and an undisclosed number of German soldiers captured by the U.S. Army died of suffocation in American boxcars transporting them from the front-line to prisoner of war camps in March 1945.[5] The same transportation was used by the Soviet Union during the 1930s and 1940s, when over 1.5 million people were transferred to Siberia and other areas from different countries and areas incorporated into the Soviet Union. The United States used troop sleepers to ferry U.S. soldiers through North America during World War II. These cars were both based upon boxcars and intended to be converted into boxcars after the war was over. Hobos[6] and migrant workers have often used boxcars in their journeys (see freighthopping), since they are enclosed and therefore they cannot be seen by railroad-employed security men ("bulls") or police, as well as being to some degree insulated from cold weather.

See also[edit] Bockscar Railbox

References[edit] ^ William L. Affelder, Box-Car Loaders, Mines and Minerals, Vol. XXV, No. 8 (March, 1905); pages 372-377. ^ "CSX Box Car Dimensions". OUPblog. CSX. November 12, 2008. Retrieved 2017-01-09.  ^ "60 ft Hicube boxcar" (PDF).  ^ Chatfield, D. Scott (January 1994). "Athearn HO scale and Arnold N scale 86-foot box cars". Railmodel Journal. Denver, Colorado: Golden Bell Press. 5 (8): 32–39.  ^ "A Number of German Prisoners Suffocate in U.S. Boxcars; Eisenhower Investigates". The New York Times. April 6, 1945.  ^ "On Hobos, Hautboys, and Other Beaus". OUPblog. Oxford University Press. November 12, 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 

External links[edit] Akron, Canton and Youngstown Railroad #3024 – Photo and short history of an example of an outside-braced wooden boxcar built by Mather Stock Car Company Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway #276594 – Photo and short history of an example of a typical modern (post-World War II) steel boxcar Union Pacific Railroad #498769 – Photo and short history of an example of a typical "billboard" boxcar Guide to Railcars v t e Rail transport freight rolling stock Enclosed equipment Autorack Boxcar (US) British Railway Milk Tank Wagon Cattle wagon Coil car Container Covered goods wagon Covered hopper Livestock wagon Milk car Refrigerator car (US) Refrigerated van (EU) Roadrailer Stock car Tank car Wagon with opening roof Open equipment Chauldron wagon Class U special wagon Conflat Double-stack car Flatcar (US) Flat wagon (EU) Gondola (US) Hopper car Mine car Minecart Mineral wagon Modalohr Open wagon (EU) Quarry tub Rollbock Rotary car dumper Schnabel car Slate waggon Transporter wagon Non-revenue equipment Ballast cleaner Brake van (EU) Caboose (US) Clearance car Crane Crew car Rotary snowplow Scale test car Stoneblower Tamping machine Track geometry car Work trains Retrieved from "" Categories: Freight rolling stockHidden categories: Articles needing additional references from February 2016All articles needing additional references

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