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PC: PC E-8 portholes
- Subject: PC: PC E-8 portholes
- From: KEMACPRR@xxxxxxx
- Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2000 14:23:43 EST
Looking thru my PC Bi-annual i've found pictures of the following. 4266 ex
PRR with a freight pilot ! and one porthole on the firemans side. 4316 ex PRR
( the first Amtrak painted unit ) with no portholes on the firemans side.
4261 ex PRR with one porthole on the engineers side.
One thing to remember all E-7's and E-8's had sides made of metal wood. This
is a sheet of 1/4'' plywood with a thin steel sheating glued to both sides.
Water would tend to leak around the portholes rotting out the wood and
eventually the thin sheet metal causing these panels to fail earlier than the
non porthole panels. It's easier and cheaper to replace a panel without
replacing the porthole so the PC probably did just that. This is my
explanation on why the portholes were replaced randomly and not all at once.
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