I’m keying in some more cars from the notebooks this evening for a little bit and I thought I’d share another mystery from these notes. Most of the reporting marks noted are very familiar but for one. Actually it could be two:
I checked the comprehensive list of reporting marks at:
I see a listing for CBL:
“CONEMAUGH & BLACK LICK RAILROAD CO.”
I also see a listing for CLBX:
“CAN-LEASE PRODUCE TRANSPORTATION LTD.”
I kept digging around the web and I see that both firms had reasonably sized lease fleets of cars and both included reefers in their respective lease fleets. The cars I have found in my notes so far are CLBX #1030 and CBLX #1199. So far here’s their history:
Off to the web and first looking in http://www.railcarphotos.com but no luck. As an aside, I see Ron Hawkins MDT and NRC shots appear in here too. I really must remember to email him to see what else he has. Well no luck on the mystery cars. Next stop is the Canadian Railcar Photo Gallery (http://freight.railfan.ca/). It’s another excellent website but this time no gold.
This third site (nakina.net) I’ve mentioned before and I can’t recommend it enough. It was here that things really worked out in a big way. I found this page:
And I quote from the above page for Can-Lease Produce Transportation Ltd:
“Offices were located in Toronto, ON, with home point for cars at Napanee, ON. Cars 1000-1099 were leased to P.E.I. shippers during Oct.-May of each year. Reporting marks were added 1/1972 and eliminated 7/1974.”
Below is a copy of the table from their page which effectively solves this mystery:
|Number||AAR||Description||#Blt||In-Svc. Dates||IL||IH||Dr.||Cu.Ft.||Bldr.||Blt. Dates||Notes|
It seems that I have one car from both number series so far in my notes and their January dates fit in the middle of when these cars would have been in service. I haven’t been able to find any pictures of these cars. Given that the company only appears to have existed for two years it seems unlikely that they had these cars built for them. I wonder if they purchased these secondhand or if they themselves leased these cars from another larger firm like PFE? I’m going to come back to this.