This photo was recently posted at the Barriger's flickr site. It immediately grabbed my attention because I knew from the car number and details that it was not a Monon car. CIL 9147 was a 1937 AAR-design car, like CIL 9157 shown below. Monon's 1947-built cars were different, as well, with welded sides and Improved Dreadnaught ends with full-width top ribs and that group of cars also had either Superior or Improved Youngstown doors. I love this type of challenge. Fortunately, I knew immediately what it was, but as an A+ geometry student in high school, I like working through the proof.
This is what CIL 9147 would have looked like, including the National B-1 trucks:
- "Bow-tie" arrangement of rivets at the bolsters
- Pre-war Youngstown doors
- Abbreviated top rib in Improved Dreadnaught ends
- "Kinked" right ladder stile
- Capacity data fully spelled out, along with type style