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Depressed Center Flatcar APWX #1002

 
 
Depressed Center Flatcar APWX #1002 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 24, 2021
1. Depressed Center Flatcar APWX #1002 Marker
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Manufacturer: American Car and Foundry Company, 1941
Length: 43 feet 8 inches
Weight: 180,000 pounds (lbs.)
Capacity: 58,000 lbs.
Axles: 4

In addition to being used as a freight car, APWX 1002 used as a railroad mobile transformer/substation by the Appalachian Power Company (APCO), part of the American Electric Power (AEP) system. During the early 1940s, five three-phase transformers were installed on this car. If a power transformer failed or needed maintenance, these railroad mobile substations were quickly delivered and installed.

Once railroad track spurs that led to power substations were removed, delivery of mobile substations by rail became unnecessary. In 1969, the transformers from this car were removed and installed at the Monte Carlo station near Princeton, West Virginia. This flatcar was then used to move electric transformers throughout the AEP system.

The bottom of the car is lower than standard flatcars to enable the transport of tall items. It is the only car remaining of the five depressed center flatcars that were used by AEP

Depressed Center Flatcar APWX #1002 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 24, 2021
2. Depressed Center Flatcar APWX #1002 Marker
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in the 1940s. It is displayed here with a large transformer shell typical of those used by AEP. This shell was salvaged from a transformer that was damaged during an ice storm in Roanoke in 1979.
 
Erected by Virginia Museum of Transportation, Inc.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1941.
 
Location. 37° 16.401′ N, 79° 56.79′ W. Marker is in Roanoke, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Norfolk Avenue Southwest and 3rd Street Southwest, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 303 Norfolk Ave SW, Roanoke VA 24016, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Virginia Central Porter Rod Driven Locomotive #3 (here, next to this marker); Norfolk & Western EMD SD45 #1776 (a few steps from this marker); Chesapeake Western DS-4-4-660 #662 (a few steps from this marker); Trailer Train Flatcar #470534 and Sea-Land Containers (a few steps from this marker); Norfolk & Western ALCO RS-3 Diesel Electric #300 (a few steps from this marker); Norfolk & Western ALCO C630 Diesel-Electric #1135 (a few steps from this marker); Norfolk Southern Research Car #31 (a few steps from this marker); Virginian GE EL-C Electric Locomotive #135 (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Roanoke.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 30, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 30, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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