LOT 344 F FLAT CAR

Canada Southern 482790 is a member of Lot 344 F flat cars built in 1916-17 (St Thomas, Ontario) for the parent Michigan Central Railroad.  They were lettered originally for the MCRR as 32750-32899.  In 1941 they were re-lettered for the CASO and given the road numbers 482750-482899.  At that time New York Central System open topped freight cars (hoppers, gondolas, flats) changed their color scheme from black to freight car red. Canada Southern was a New York Central subsidiary in my era of interest.  Previously under Michigan Central control, the CASO provided an easy route through Southern Ontario from Niagara … Continue reading LOT 344 F FLAT CAR

CMP 3-TONNERS

A notable Canadian contribution to Allied Victory in World War II was the Canadian Military Pattern series of trucks produced by both Ford and General Motors (Chevrolet).  Over 410,000 were made using standardized cabs and bodies. The most identifiable cab was known as the No. 13 Cab.  The obvious distinguishing feature is the back-slanted windshield (an attempt to reduce the chances of sun-glare reflections that might give away its position to opposing forces).  Among the many body styles available, one of the most common was the 3-Ton GS (General Service or cargo) version, equivalent in roles to the US Army … Continue reading CMP 3-TONNERS