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oldest car still in service?

Discussion in 'Metal Heads' started by seeking, Aug 26, 2002.

  1. seeking

    seeking Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 25, 2000 Messages: 32,277 Likes Received: 234
    what's the oldest car anyone's seen still in service? im not talking about pieces, just the car itself.
    obviously not every car has built dates, but im sure cracked an ese have payed attention to shit like this... and even if they havent seen em, they have an idea of the oldest cars running...

    off the top of my head, oldest ive seen is early 60's, although i wouldnt doubt if some of the scrap metal cars were older...
     
  2. schick1

    schick1 Guest

    i caught a car that said 68 on it that the oldest ive seen it was brown and had some out of bussines freight company(i forget) written on it in the sadist(spell check) fashion, all crooked and fadded. i know that doesn't help though
     
  3. mugshot

    mugshot Guest

    last night i caught a 72
     
  4. Ski Mask

    Ski Mask 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Apr 11, 2000 Messages: 11,114 Likes Received: 209
    MOW trains always contain hidden gems. CP has some with the old Canadian Pacific handwriting script on the boxcars that date back to the 60s. Can't think of a specific oldest one I've seen, but definately in the late 60s.
     
  5. Slyle CMC

    Slyle CMC Senior Member

    Joined: Jul 4, 2001 Messages: 1,982 Likes Received: 10
    Fuuny for this topic to pop up. Today I noticed a car that said its production date was 6-34. Or something like this. This was not a box car, but a flat car with railings, and a catwalk going down the middle. Now this may be wrong, but that is what the date said. The car did happen to look farley new, maybe it was supposed to say 94. Anyway, thats all.
     
  6. WITS

    WITS Member

    Joined: Apr 17, 2002 Messages: 366 Likes Received: 0
    The oldest I've seen I think is '68. Some odd company that I don't remember. I've seen plenty from the early 70s though. 70-72 all the time. Lalala.
     
  7. Raw fish

    Raw fish Member

    Joined: Apr 10, 2000 Messages: 868 Likes Received: 2
    We have local coalies here that have build dates in the late 50's... 57 maybe...

    I think the oldest regular stuff Ive seen is 72

    I really love old cars... the older the bettter, but I also get really excited when I see cars that were built on my birthday
     
  8. porque

    porque Senior Member

    Joined: May 5, 2002 Messages: 1,844 Likes Received: 0
    ...i catch a lot of old ns stuff, like sixties and fifties, with the old ensignia(sp)...and the other day i caught a rf&p with a early sixties production date...
     
  9. Cracked Ass

    Cracked Ass Veteran Member

    Joined: Oct 24, 2001 Messages: 7,898 Likes Received: 47
    This seems impossible to find out for sure. I never looked closely at built dates, and I recall meeting only a couple of cars older than I am (a weird thought). With repaints, repairs, and overhauls, the oldest cars may not look the part anymore. I would be interested in flicks of very old cars with original paint schemes, like DRGW, Hydra-Cushion SPs and SSWs, Frisco boxes, etc. but not dead cars, just ones that still run.
     
  10. blahblahblah

    blahblahblah Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 30, 2001 Messages: 5,527 Likes Received: 0
    I weep and realize, "this is what it's like when doves cry"
     
  11. CRUK1GMCWCM

    CRUK1GMCWCM New Jack

    Joined: Aug 26, 2002 Messages: 40 Likes Received: 0
    ma and pa

    when i was living back east for a while i seen a handful of ma and pa boxcars that were all dated between 57 and 63.
     
  12. mazer1

    mazer1 Guest

    same.. 58. i am pretty sure..
     
  13. amorphic

    amorphic Guest

    On the ALaska Rail line, one boxcar dated '43, rebuilt and refurbished in '68. That thing was funky looking to say the least. It's also alaska so what can you expect.
     
  14. va_MisFit_01

    va_MisFit_01 Member

    Joined: Apr 13, 2001 Messages: 800 Likes Received: 2
    a BB, blt: 55.. light blue rusted the fuck out...
     
  15. nelACKson

    nelACKson Elite Member

    Joined: Mar 26, 2001 Messages: 3,821 Likes Received: 2
    i cought a csx coal car built in 1955 that had never been rebuilt. that was pretty neat.
     
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