Questions that we commonly get from our customer’s about the Pullman-Standard (P-S) 7315 Waffle Boxcar has to do with the ‘64’ number on the ATSF, UP ‘As Delivered’ and DTI paint schemes.
The P-S 7315 Waffle Boxcars operated in equipment pools, and ‘64’ designates a specific pool—in this case, routes associated with the Ford facility in Melvindale (Detroit), MI. In addition to the paint schemes mentioned above, Norfolk & Western and Milwaukee Road also owned Pullman-Standard 7315 Waffle Boxcars stenciled for the 64 pool.
A January 1954 article from Railway Age documents Ford’s Melvindale, MI facility as a “parts consolidation facility” where OEM parts from external suppliers were warehoused. According to Mark Evans, cars assigned to Ford’s parts consolidation warehouses moved out loaded from there to the various Ford assembly plants around the US and Canada. They hauled miscellaneous small lots of auto parts that were consolidated at the facilities into carload lots for rail shipment. Some of the Ford pool codes for this service were 64, 65, 67, and 68.
Any equipment contributed to the pool is available for use across the pool. This means that all of these paint schemes were visible along service routes—regardless of who owned the rails upon which the cars traveled.
ExactRail’s Pullman-Standard 7315 Waffle Boxcar is ready and available to fill out your auto parts train!