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From: "Paul R DOT Tupaczewski" paultup AT comcast DOT net
Date: Fri, 27 Nov 2009 10:05:42 -0500
Subject: RE: (erielack) Attention HO modelers...
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> Side panels began
> to be added to multilevels in 1970 and I would estimate that
> by 1976, more than half the fleet was so equipped.
I'm not sure if I completely agree with that statement. I went looking
through my photo collection, and found the attached images, taken in the
1974-1976 timeframe (and even with one Conrail-era shot that shows only two
cars with the side panels)
NONE of the EL-era trains have side panels. Of course, that could be
coincidence, but I actually could find only ONE EL train that had any
autoracks with sidepanels in my collection.
Additionally, EL's own side-paneled tri-level cars didn't arrive until the
middle of 1975.
I would posit that the actual percentage of autoracks bearing side panels
before "C-day" was closer to 25% than 50%, and maybe a little bit less. So
don't rush out putting sidepanels on all your cars! :)