By 1910 it seem that the Ralston Co. could build just about any freight
car a customer might want. Some are very specialized, such as the
Ventilated box car below. In 1917 the Carnegie Steel
getting ready for the war to end all wars.
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A 30 ton Baltimore and Ohio drop bottom gondola not of the classic
Ralston Co. design as it dumps onto the track. It was built new June, 1912. There is a stencil that says "
designed and built by the Ralston Steel Car Co."
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A 50 ton ore car for the Carnegie Steel Company, new May, 1914.
stencil said "build under patients of the Clark Car Company by the
Ralston Steel Car Co."
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There were wide-ranging variations in
early steel hopper car design and construction 1898-1920. This is
Ralston's early version, probably used for both coal and ore. Note
the heavy top bulb, the heavy I-beam side stakes and angled end
supports. The "light weight" of 42,600 lbs. is heavier than needed for
coal service; average 50-ton hoppers had an empty weight of 38-39 K
lbs. The first hopper which could be considered "modern" was the Pennsy's GLa class of 1902, of which their were more than 31,000, and
they lasted through the 1950's on PRR and Berwind Coal Co.
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A 40 ton variation on the
classic Ralston drop door gondola, new November, 1914. The
Northern Ohio Traction and Light Company of Akron, Ohio was an electric
interurban line. Interurban lines that had track in city streets
would use Janney Radial Couplers mounted
on rounded car ends that allowed the coupler to pivot when going around
sharp street turns. They wouldn't interchange these cars with a
steam road, however box cars with this design would interchange
with other interurban lines. This car may have been used
exclusively for company business like hauling ballast for the track and
ash from their power plant.
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A 50 ton all steel gondola, with cast truck side frames, for the T&OC,
new October, 1914. In 1915 the New York Central Railroad gained
control of the T&OC by lease. This new car already sported a "New
York Central Lines" herald. In 1938 the T&OC name was
replaced by New York Central.
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A 50 ton Iron ore hopper for the Duluth, Missabe and Northern Railroad,
new May, 1915. The Ralston Company is almost 10 years old and
branching out to build a wide variety of railroad freight cars.
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A 70 ton hopper car for the Carnegie Steel Co., Isabella Furnaces in
Pennsylvania, new September, 1917.
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Another 70 ton hopper car for the Carnegie Steel Co., new September,
1917, possibly from the same order. Carnegie may have been
gearing up for the World War I effort.