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Railroad Work Equipment

C&WI 1915 Chicago & Western Indiana 1904
C&WI 1915
Chicago & Western Indiana 1904
Description:Idler Flat for C&WI 1900

Equipment Information

C&WI 1904 is a railroad flat car assigned for use with a crane, in this case C&WI 1900. 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.

Builder: Chicago & Western Indiana
Year Built: 1915
Length: 42ft 6in
Width: 9ft 6in
Height: 6ft 6in
Weight: ??? lbs
Brakes: AB
Trucks: Arch Bar Simplex
Description: Idler Flat for 1900
Arrived: 1968
Condition: Complete / unrestored / not operational