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Scranton in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Pennsylvania Boxcars

 
 
Pennsylvania Boxcars Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2008
1. Pennsylvania Boxcars Marker
Inscription. Boxcars were the backbone of the railroads' non-bulk freight business. During a journey, a freight car was often coupled and uncoupled to several different trains. As a result, one company's freight cars might be found on a dozen different lines.

The design of boxcars evolved over decades. Wooden cars gave way to stronger steel cars, which were further strengthened to increase capacity. The Pennsylvania Railroad Shops converted boxcars from wood to steel beginning in the mid-1940s.

At the height of the steam era, the Scranton yard received boxcars from several shippers, many cities, and other railroads.
 
Erected by Steamtown Nataionl Historic Site - National Park Service.
 
Location. 41° 24.43′ N, 75° 40.28′ W. Marker is in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in Lackawanna County. Marker can be reached from Mechanic Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located in the Roundhouse in Steamtown National Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Scranton PA 18503, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1902/1937 Roundhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); 1902/1937 Inspection Pit (within shouting distance of this marker);
A Steel Boxcar on Display Nearby image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2008
2. A Steel Boxcar on Display Nearby
1865 Inspection Pit (within shouting distance of this marker); Turntable (within shouting distance of this marker); New Haven Trap Rock Company #43 (within shouting distance of this marker); E.J. Lavino & Company #3 (within shouting distance of this marker); 1902 Roundhouse Section (within shouting distance of this marker); CNJ #5 Steam Derrick (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Scranton.
 
Also see . . .  Boxcar #43651. (PDF) Additional details from the park service site. (Submitted on June 9, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Boxcar #43651 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2008
3. Boxcar #43651
Boxcar #43651 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2008
4. Boxcar #43651
From one of the park's inside displays:
Railroads employed boxcars to transport products and commodities that required protection from the weather or against breakage. These cars varied in shape and size according to the freight they were designed to haul. Some hauled automobile parts, others hauled lumber, groceries, household appliances or grain. Since their early use, boxcars have increased in length, cubic capacity and weight-carrying ability.

Today, freight once hauled in boxcars is shipped "piggyback" in trailers or containers carried on a flat car. Using piggyback service, shippers can easily transfer freight from one system of transportation - rail, highway, or sea - to another.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 496 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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