Ralston's Toledo & Ohio Central
Railroad Freight Cars
collection of photographs includes the Zanesville and Western Railroad and the Kanawha and Michigan
The photographs are from the B. J. Kern collection. Photo processing and
research by William Johnson. Sources for the technical and historical
information given in the captions below are the 1913 and 1917 edition of the
Official Equipment Registers.
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in 1913, this car is in the car number series 22000-22999 and is classed
as a "combination gondola and side dump car". This photograph shows 4 of
the drop sheets in the lowered position. It is interesting to note that
almost every side "panel" on the car has some type of lettering on it.
is another view of the same car as above, but all the drop sheets are in
the closed position.
car was built in 1912 in the car number series 7500-8499. It is classed
as a "gondola, flat bottom". Of note in this photograph is that the car
number on the end is incorrectly numbered 7736, not 7739.
car, date built unknown, is of the car number series 4000-6499 and classed
as a "gondola, flat bottom". This unusual view shows the early "triple
valve" air brake system. This is an example of a wooden car being
retrofitted with steel under frame by The Ralston Car Co.
Z&W 20574 and K&M 5730
20574 was built in 1907 and is in the car number series 20500-20999 and is
classed as a "combination and side dump car". K&M 5730, date built
unknown, is in the car number series 4000-6499 and is classed as a
"gondola, flat bottom". The photograph shows the derailment at
milepost "COL 5", which may have been on the T&OC, not far from the
photograph shows the car after it was rerailed (see previous photograph).
Note the tufts of weeds stuck in the side boards and the scratched car
on the side of the car which match those of the previous photograph.
Zanesville and Western built in 1907 perhaps from the same order as the
Toledo & Ohio Central, built in 1910.
Toledo & Ohio Central built in 1914.