Railroad Work Equipment
Chicago & Western Indiana 1772
|Description:||Idler Flat for CE 19|
C&WI 1772 is a railroad flat car assigned for use with a crane, in this case ComEd 19. Flat cars used for this purpose were known as “idlers” because they didn’t carry anything but simply “sat idle.” The idler’s purpose is to provide a buffer underneath the boom of the crane so that the crane could be hauled from either direction. Car 1772 is unusual in that it was originally a boxcar, not a flat car at all, and had its body cut down to floor level when it was made into an idler.
Year Built: ???
Length: 44ft 10in
Width: 9ft 10in
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 31900 lbs
Trucks: American Steel Foundry
Description: Idler Flat for Commonwealth Edison 19
Condition: Complete / unrestored / operational