I found these awful-looking specimens on a side track at a scrap yard in a small central Pennsylvania town. There were 3 passenger cars, and a bevy of old freight cars - some of the boxcars were outside-braced. As you can see, rust was everywhere - and one of the boxcars even had an opening cut in the door, just big enough for a homeless person to enter and exit. Not sure if the person was "home" when I visited - didn't bother to check - but the welcome mat wasn't out!
Remains of lettering shows the above car and its sister on the other end of the shiny car, were from the Seaboard railroad.
This one looked to be in better condition, but not much. It was formerly NYC/Amtrak. Wonder what they all look like inside?
All 3 had non-rotating-end-cap bearings (obsolete) and appeared to be missing one or more important brake parts - probably removed by the homeless and sold for scrap. Not to mention serious rust-through on the 2 worst, and holes through the side sheets on all of them, from where they screwed on the sheet metal to protect the windows. Last servicing marks were from the '75 to '77 era...most likely no maintenance since then. Forty years out in the weather with no maintenance isn't good.
We might soon be looking at these cars in a slightly different form - the many razor blades we have to use to keep our facial and body hair at bay...
Then we visited a Pennsylvania town with a rather unique name....the picture speaks for itself!
Till next time, enjoy!