Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Vert-a-Pac auto rack freight car design

From: "Thomas E. Johnson" tom_johnson_ttci_aar@yahoo.com
Subject: Request for Assistance

Hello from Colorado, My name is Tom Johnson, a mechanical engineer working for the railroad industry and currently performing historical research on the Vert-a-Pac auto rack freight car design.

Your museum website FAQ section references the CPRR shops being the site of Vert-a-Pac prototype fabrication and development beginning in the mid 1960's time period.

Can you please check your ... archives to determine if any records and drawings related to Vert-a-Pac may still be available?

Thank you for your assistance from TTCI

Thomas E. Johnson
Associate Test Engineer
Transportation Technology Center, Inc.
55500 DOT Road, P.O. Box 11130
Pueblo, CO 81001


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Kevin Bunker" mikadobear45@yahoo.com

Southern Pacific Transportation Company, a successor to Central Pacific Railroad Company, owned the Sacramento General Shops which did participate in the development and construction of the Vert-a-Pack freight car.
You would do well to contact the archivists and librarians at California State Railroad Museum. CSRM holds in its MS10 Southern Pacific collection any number of photos and probably some related documents which may cover the Vert-A-Pack program. Due to the expansive nature of that records collection not everything therein will be item-level catalogued.

8/15/2007 10:51 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: kylewyatt@aol.com

The article you found on the CPRR Museum web site was the draft of one of the four historians that wrote up about the SP Shops as part of the Historic American Engineering Record documenation of the Shops done in 2001-2002. The CPRR Museum (which is strictly a web-based virtual museum) does not have any of the supporting material for that research document.  My suspicion is that the inclusion of the Vert-a-Pac in the document was largely based on an article in the Southern Pacific employees' magazine, and likely doesn't contain much more than you already have.

—Kyle Wyatt

8/17/2007 11:04 PM  

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