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Boxcars For Sale-Only $800 As Is
Railroads often sell surplus rail cars to the public but the Rock Island Lines, forced to liquidate because of its bankruptcy, is selling every boxcar, flat car and caboose it owns. And farmers are snapping them up.
"We've had lots of interest in the 40-ft. boxcars for use as temporary grain storage. They hold approximately 3,215 bu.," says Fred Myer of the Rock Island Lines.
Other uses for the cars include storage buildings, barns, and sheds. To make a larger structure, the box-cars can be joined either end to end, or side by side by removing walls. The company says flatbed trailers make excellent bridges when rested on pylons on either side of the stream or river to be crossed. If you want sides on the bridge, gondola cars can be used.
Also for sale are cabooses which make excellent farm offices or vacation cabins, according to Myer. "They were used as a æhome awayfrom home' for railroad men so they can be easily outfitted with beds to sleep three comfortably. They're equipped with stoves and other amenities," Myer points out.
Rail cars are generally made from metal, sometimes lined with wood. Myer says they are virtually maintenance-free, not having been touched for 15 to 20 years.
The company says it has about 3,000 boxcars and 400 cabooses to liquidate. Box cars sell for $800 and flatcars and cabooses for $1,000 and up, all with the running gear removed. Cars are sold "as is" and "where is" but can be shipped easily on the back of a flatbed semi trailer. They are stockpiled in Rock Island yards around the country.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jack Nagle, Manager, Sales & Leasing, Rock Island Lines, 322 S., Michigan, Chicago, Ill. 60604 (ph 312 435-7486).

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1983 - Volume #7, Issue #1