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Freight Car Roster

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Freight Cars Used on the South Shore and Mineral Range

The tables on this page list the freight cars that the Duluth, South Shore, and Atlantic Railway (DSS&A) was using in the Autumn of 1922. I have also included a freight car roster for the Mineral Range Railroad (MRRR) for the Autumn of 1922. The Hancock and Calumet Railroad (H&CRR) is not detailed since it owned no cars in 1922. Lastly, I include a short summary analysis of the distribution of freight car types.

I have also included tables listing the cabooses of the DSS&A and MRRR.

To learn more about the freight cars of the DSS&A and MRRR you should consult the sources listed after the following tables. The sources I used will also tell you more about the freight cars that were used and sold off before and after 1922. In 1922, some cars purchased before that date were already disposed of or worn out. More cars were purchased after that date. For instance, steel ore cars nos. 9400-9674 were purchased after 1925 (Dorin 1985).

DSS&A Freight Car Roster, Autumn 1922

Please note that on these rosters the range of numbers assigned to cars were not all used, occasionally only odd or even numbers were used. Also, it appears that not all the numbers were assigned in a range. I assume they started assigning numbers at the low end of the range and moved to the higher end as new cars in the same class came in.

It was very difficult for me to come up with the number of cars the DSS&A owned in 1922. Frankly, this is my best guess given conflicting information. I would not be surprised if I end up changing these numbers as I find better evidence. I already know that these numbers do not agree with the DSS&A annual reports. Nevertheless, the proportions are similar.

The feet and inches in the table refer to the length of the car.

Car Type Number Range Details
Box 2 3515 and 3575 Built by Marquette, Houghton, and Ontonogan Railway, 1887, 32 feet, 10 inches 40,000 lbs. capacity, wood body and underframe.
Box 85 3600-4354 Built by Michigan Peninsular Car Co., 1888, 33 feet, 6 inches (possibly 32 feet), 50,000 lbs. capacity, wood body and underframe. Cars numbered 3600-4349 were fitted with end doors. Nos. 4020 and 4161 were exceptions, they did not have end doors and were 32 feet, 10 inches.  Mr. Schaddelee warns me that these box cars may not all have been manufactured at the same time, but all the 50,000 lbs. cars may have been regrouped and renumbered into a single series.
Box 245 8000-8598, even numbers only Built by Wells & French Co., 1893-1895, 33 feet, 4 inches, 50,000 lbs. capacity, wood body and underframe. Cars numbered 8000-8198 were fitted with end doors.
Box 190 11000-11199 Built by American Car and Foundry Co., 1905, 36 feet, 60,000 lbs. capacity, wood body and underframe.
Box 394 11200-11599 Built by American Car and Foundry Co., 1909, 36 feet, 60,000 lbs. capacity, wood body and underframe.
Box 199 11800-11999 Builder Haskel & Barker, 1918, 40 feet, 80,000 lbs. capacity.  Note that the Mid-Continent Railway Museum, North Freedom, Wisconsin, has a DSS&A box car in its collection built in 1916 by American Car and Foundary Co., as New York Central, no. 258905, but it was eventually owned by the DSS&A and given no. 18052.  Perhaps it was originally an 11800 series car.
Box 83 45000-45198, even numbers only Built by Wells & French Co., 1893-1895, 33 feet, 4 inches, 50,000 lbs. capacity, wood body and underframe. These cars had end doors.  According to Mr. Schaddelee, before 1913, these cars were once listed as "Canadian Pacific Despatch" cars.   The DSS&A was required to separately report the mileage or per diem reports for these cars.  After 1913, they are listed as regular box cars, but still with separate reports.  This is probably because the cars were owned in partnership with the despatch company.
Charcoal 4 1881-1884 Built by Michigan Peninsular Car Co., 1888, 35 feet, 7 inches, 50,000 lbs. capacity, wood body and underframe.
Charcoal 1 3003 Built by Marquette, Houghton, and Ontonogan Railway, 1887, 30,000 lbs. capacity, wood body and underframe.
Coal, Hopper 18 800-834 Built by DSS&A, 1890, 30 feet, 50,000 lbs. capacity, wood body and underframe.   According to Mr. Schaddelle, this series of cars were recorded in the 1917 Official Railway Equipment Register as:

800-807, 40,000 lbs. capacity, 4 cars
808-834, 50,000 lbs. capacity, 14 cars
835, 60,000 lbs. capacity, 1 car
847-854, 60,000 lbs. capacity, 8 cars
836-846, 80,000 lbs. capacity, 11 cars

Coal, Hopper 10 835-844 Built by DSS&A, 1906, 30 feet, 80,000 lbs. capacity, wood body and underframe. No. 835 might have been 60,000 lbs. capacity.
Coal, Hopper 10 845-854 Built by DSS&A, 1907, 30 feet, 80,000 lbs. capacity, wood body and underframe. These might have been only 60,000 lbs. capacity.
Flat 253 1001-1449 Built by Michigan Peninsular Car Co., 1888, 34 feet, 40,000 lbs. capacity, wood underframe. Cars numbered 1043, 1066, and 1435 were converted into gondolas.
Flat 27 1450-1793 Probably built by Michigan Peninsular Car Co., 1882, 34 feet, 40,000 lbs. capacity, probably wood body and underframe.
Flat 2 1584 and 1771 Built by Michigan Peninsular Car Co., 1882, 34 feet, 40,000 lbs. capacity, wood underframe.
Flat 19 1800-1823 Built by Michigan Peninsular Car Co., 1895, 36 feet, 50,000 lbs. capacity, wood underframe. Cars numbered 1803, 1806, 1807, 1809, 1812, 1813, 1814, 1816, 1817, 1819, 1821, and 1823 were fitted out with bunks (bulkheads for transporting timber).
Flat 27 1825-1879 Built by DSS&A, 1900, 36 feet, 50,000 lbs. capacity, wood underframe. Car no. 1826 was fitted with bunks.
Flat 99 12000-12101 Built by American Car and Foundry Co., 1905, 40 feet, 60,000 lbs. capacity, wood underframe, may have been used as log cars.
Flat 194 12202-12401 Builder unknown, 1906, 41 feet, 80,000 lbs. capacity.   (Not listed in 1917, perhaps purchased second-hand since they were built in 1906.)
Flat 100 13000-13099 Built by American Car and Foundry Co., 1912, 41 feet, 80,000 lbs. capacity, steel underframe.
Gondola 19 1829-1880 Built by Michigan Peninsular Car Co., 1888, 32 feet, 9 inches, 40,000 lbs. capacity, wood body and underframe.  Note that the Mid-Continent Railway Museum, North Freedom, Wisconsin, has an 1888 gondola in its collection.  It was given the no. 996 in 1934, perhaps it was originally a 1800 or 2000 series.
Gondola 15 2001-2024 Built by La Fayette Car Co., 1888, 32 feet, 40,000 lbs. capacity, wood body and underframe.
Gondola 39 10000-10039 Built by Barney & Smith Car Co., 1905, 37 feet, 6 inches, 80,000 lbs. capacity, wood body and underframe.
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10040-10139 Built by Barney & Smith Car Co., 1907, probably the same details as nos. 1000-10039.
Log, Russell 50 6000-6049 Built by DSS&A, 1905, 36 feet, 40,000 lbs. capacity, wood underframe. Nos. 6011, 6016, 6022, 6024, and 6035 were of 50,000 lbs. capacity.
Ore 53 4214-4283 Built by DSS&A, rebuilt 1909, 22 feet, 40,000 (or possibly 50,000) lbs. capacity, wood body and underframe.
Ore 375 7100-7500 Built by American Car and Foundry Co., 1899, 26 feet, 60,000 lbs. capacity, wood body and underframe
Ore 300 7501-7800 Built by American Car and Foundry Co., 1910, 22 feet, 80,000 lbs. capacity, composite body and steel underframe. U-1 class.
Ore 400 9000-9399 Built by American Car and Foundry Co., 1913, 21 feet, 11 inches (or possibly 20 feet, 4 inches), 100,000 lbs. capacity, steel body and underframe. U-2 class.
Refrigerator 5 5001-5014 Built by Michigan Peninsular Car Co., 1888, 27 feet, 9 inches 50,000 lbs. capacity, wood body and underframe.
Refrigerator 9 5015-5024 Built by American Car and Foundry Co., 1901, 31 feet, 11 inches, 60,000 lbs. capacity, wood body and underframe.
Refrigerator 10 5025-5034 Built by American Car and Foundry Co., 1907, 33 feet, 7 inches, 60,000 lbs. capacity, wood body and underframe.

Sources: Dorin 1985; ICC 1916b; Kieckhefer 1994; The Official Railway Equipment Register, December 1923, 392-393; Perron Collection, Freight Car Binder; Letter from Leon Schaddelee, Holland, MI, to John P. DuLong, 20 July 1997; Email from Alan Heglar to John P. DuLong, 9 November 2007.

DSS&A Caboose Roster, Autumn 1922

Caboose Type Number Range Details
Caboose, small 8 500-512 Built by Michigan Peninsular Car Co., 1888, 18 feet, 4-wheel, wood body and underframe.
Caboose, small 3 520-524 Built by DSS&A, 1900, 18 feet, 4-wheel, wood body and underframe.
Caboose, small 2 525 and 526 Built by DSS&A, 1906, 18 feet, 4-wheel, wood body and underframe.
Caboose, large 13 550-565 Built by La Fayette Car Co., 1888, 30 feet, 8-wheel, wood body and underframe.
Caboose, large 4 566-569 Built by DSS&A, 1910-1911, 26 feet, 8-wheel, wood body and underframe.  No. 568 is preserved at the Mid-Continent Railway Museum, North Freedom, Wisconsin.
Caboose, large 3 570-572 Built by DSS&A, 1914, 26 feet, 8-wheel, wood body and underframe.  No. 570 is preserved at the Mid-Continent Railway Museum, North Freedom, Wisconsin.

Sources: ICC 1916b.

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Would the gentleman standing in front of the caboose's number please move over.  Does anyone know the number of this caboose?  Was the DSS&A using cabooses with side doors in 1922?  Photograph courtesy of Jack Deo's Superior View Photographic Collection.

MRRR Freight Car Roster, Autumn 1922

Car Type Number Range Details
Box 49 2000-2098, even numbers only Built by by American Car and Foundry Co., 1903, 36 feet, 60,000 lbs. capacity, wood body and underframe.
Coal, Hopper 33 1-65, odd numbers only Built by American Car and Foundry Co., 1900, 38 feet, 65,000 lbs. capacity, wood body and underframe. Possibly gondolas used to carry coal.
Flat 65 67-203, odd numbers only Built by American Car and Foundry Co., 1900, 41 feet, 60,000 lbs. capacity, wood underframe.
Flat 3 313, 321, and 343 Builder and year unknown, 30 feet, 60,000 lbs. capacity, wood underframe. No. 343 might have been renumbered to 305 by 1922.
Ore 172 2-350, even numbers only Built by American Car and Foundry Co., 1901, 30 feet, 80,000 lbs. capacity, wood body and underframe. Nos. 347 and 349 were used as gondolas.
Ore 100 352-550, even numbers only Built by American Car and Foundry Co., 1903, 30 feet, 80,000 lbs. capacity, wood body and underframe.
Ore 50 552-650, even numbers only Built by American Car and Foundry Co., 1905, 30 feet, 80,000 lbs. capacity, wood body and underframe.
Ore 60 652-770, even numbers only Built by American Car and Foundry Co., 1906, 30 feet, 80,000 lbs. capacity, wood body and underframe.
Ore 49 772-870, even numbers only Built by American Car and Foundry Co., 1907, 30 feet, 80,000 lbs. capacity, wood body and underframe.
Ore 49 872-990, even numbers only Built by American Car and Foundry Co., 1909, 30 feet, 80,000 lbs. capacity, wood body and underframe.
Ore 2 992-994, even numbers only Built by DSS&A, rebuilt 1913, 30 feet, 80,000 lbs. capacity, wood body and underframe.
Ore 100 1000-1198, even numbers only Built by American Car and Foundry Co., 1902, 26 feet, 60,000 lbs. capacity, wood body and underframe.
Ore 94 1200-1398, even numbers only Built by American Car and Foundry Co., 1910, 30 feet, 80,000 lbs. capacity, wood body and underframe.
Ore 7 1400-1412, even numbers only Built by DSS&A, rebuilt 1913, 30 feet, 80,000 lbs. capacity, wood body and underframe.
Ore 100 1500-1599 Built by American Car and Foundry Co., 1913, 28 feet, 100,000 lbs. capacity, steel body and underframe.
Ore 100 1600-1699 Built by American Car and Foundry Co., 1916, 28 feet, 100,000 lbs. capacity, steel body and underframe.

Sources: ICC 1916c; The Official Railway Equipment Register, December 1923, 836.

MRRR Caboose Roster, Autumn 1922

Caboose Type Number Range Details
Caboose, small 12 600-612 Built by DSS&A, 1900, 18 feet, 4-wheel, wood body and underframe.

Sources: ICC 1916c.

Summary

The distribution of wheel arrangements for the DSS&A in 1922 is shown in the following table:

DSS&A Car Types Number Percent
Box 1198 35.9
Charcoal 5 0.2
Coal, Hopper 38 1.1
Flat 721 21.6
Gondola 172 5.2
Log, Russell 50 1.5
Ore 1128 33.8
Refrigerator 24 0.7
Total 3336 100.0

The distribution of freight car types for the MRRR in 1922 is shown in the following table:

MRRR Car Types Number Percent
Box 49 4.7
Coal, Hopper 33 3.2
Flat 68 6.6
Ore 883 85.5
Total 1033 100.0

What is interesting in these tables is what is missing. Note that there are no tanker or stock cars. Also, with the MRRR at 85.5 and the DSS&A at 33.8 percent ore cars, it is easy to see what their main business was in the copper and iron regions. Clearly, the MRR concentrated on transporting copper rock. The DSS&A offered box car service and was heavily involved in transporting lumber. The flat, gondola, and Russell log cars were all used to move timber. Lastly, the most of these cars were made of wood. However, the DSS&A and MRRR were starting to move towards steel cars as seen in their most recent purchases of flat and ore cars.

Please contact me should you have any questions or comments.  I am particularly interested in hearing from you if you have any additions or corrections for this roster.

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This page, and all contents, are Copyright 1997 by John P. DuLong, Berkley, MI. Created 6 May 1997. Last modified 2 December 2007.