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 Post subject: Re: Old Chicago car builder; Ryan Car Company
PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:28 pm 

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PMC -

Thanks! I completely missed them. Those cars are also listed on page 14 in the number series charts, shown as being built in 1937. It also lends some credence to the possibility that Pressed Steel Car took over the Ryan Car plant (and maybe the company itself) there in Hegewisch, Illinois as the builder is shown in that particular chart as both Ryan and Pr. Steel.

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 Post subject: Re: Old Chicago car builder; Ryan Car Company
PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:15 am 

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A quick search turn up this information.

Railway Age December 7, 1906
Ryan Car formed
https://books.google.com/books?id=t4FNA ... =PA732&dq=

Railway Age March 1, 1907
Order for 200 stock cars for Western Live Stock Express

Railway Age April 5, 1907
Interstate Ry 5 wood gondolas

Railway Age May 20, 1908
Ryan Car Company, Old Colony building, Chicago has purchased the property formerly owned by the Northwest Car & Locomotive Works and which prior to that time was the Pease Locomotive Works. This property has been controlled by Ryan Car since its formation.

Railway Review September 23, 1916
Repairing 500 gondolas and providing 500 steel center frames for Now York, Chicago & St. Louis RR.

Railway Mechanical Engineer September 1921
Contract to repair 500 box cars for the New York Central
Contract to repair 198 box cars for Chicago Great Western

Railway Age September 3, 1921
Contract to repair 400 box cars for Illinois Central

Railway Mechanical Engineer November 1921
Contract to repair 500 steel hoppers for New York Central

Railway Review April 1, 1922
Contract to repair 1000 box cars and 1000 gondolas for New York Central

1923 Illinois Central will have 1000 gondolas and 600 box cars repaired by Ryan.
New York Central will have 500 box cars repaired by Ryan.

1931 built steam passenger moto car for Milwaukee Road
https://books.google.com/books?id=bz0OB ... g=PA591&dq


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 Post subject: Re: Old Chicago car builder; Ryan Car Company
PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:51 am 

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John T. -

Thanks. It has been stated that Ryan Car was PRIMARILY a railcar repair facility, and your info confirms that. But they obviously DID build some new railroad equipment. The info about the 200 new stock cars for Western Live Stock Express is interesting, but I wonder if that company might have actually been owned by a railroad. Anyone have any information on that company?

The fact that they actually built a passenger motor car for the Milwaukee Road is something I had never heard about before. A photo or other info on the car, would be nice.


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 Post subject: Re: Old Chicago car builder; Ryan Car Company
PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:58 pm 

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Les, I saw a patent for the machine John mentioned, and a mention in Railway Age, but can't find either of those right now. As I recall it looked like a regular doodlebug type car but it had two four axle trucks and some sort of reciprocating steam engine. International Harvester shared the patent.


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 Post subject: Re: Old Chicago car builder; Ryan Car Company
PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:06 pm 

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There is a picture of a car on page 31 of Keilty's book, Interurbans Without Wires, which may be the Ryan car. See the text on the same page for more information.


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