Oooh, those are good.
It's easy to see where some things said over the years are somewhat different than what happened. This print's label, for instance:
It refers to the car as "specially constructed" -- which it was, except for some other purpose than moving JUMBO. It's a bit like the earlier discussion that it was "modified" -- yes, it was with the tie-downs that held JUMBO in pace. But that's really something that almost alsways happens with loads on a car like this.
The ones with the tarp is interesting, as I presume it came from Ohio dressed like that. This one also had probably the clearest redition of the Carnegie-Illinois name spelled out on the side of the frame.
Looks like we have another mystery, though -- gotta keep the Bear in his toes
How did they get that platform back up on the 64-wheel Rogers trailer?
With these pics, I started thinking, well, the buried the trailer beside the tracks to get it that low, but in a couple of shots, you can see the framework off the trailer and on the ground, with the trailer standing by. So it's not buried!
This is really great, because there was so little info out there and pretty much disconnected. The car and its load were really sideshows to the main event, but they were certainly big enough to attarct attention. It's a testimony to the effectiveness of keeping things secret in a world considerably less connected than ours is. On the other hand, even with the internet, search engines and other marvelous technology, it came down to a few of us to pull the story together so that at least the basic facts are correctly recorded for history so the whole thing doesn't just disappear down the Memory Hole. That would be an ironic end to anything that weighs over 250 tons fully loaded.
Now if we can just figure what did happen to it...