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Hidden History 2: CB&Q Burlington Route COFC Containers

June 14, 2008

Located in Jack London Square, hidden amongst the rapidly disappearing industrial presence in the neighborhood, is this pair of old CB&Q COFC (Container on Flat Car) 40′ Smooth side containers. They are stull in pretty great condition, considering at their newest, they’re about 40+ years old.

 I took about a dozen more photographs of these containers, visit this link to the more recent article located here: https://modelrailroading.wordpress.com/2008/06/28/return-of-the-cbq-24-shipping-containers/

 

“It’s a Dorse” it proclaims on the end of both trailers. The wonders of lead paint, 35+ years old and still looking good.

Unusual Burlington Route font, unlike anything I’ve seen before. Surely an interesting piece of Hidden history, located in Oakland, California.

Chris F. Chimed in with a great response to my request for more information:

“I can’t verify a build date, but CBQ series 718700-718847 appear in
the July 1968 ORER TOFC listing as 24ft x 8ft x 8ft6in insulated
containers, 1346 cu ft. These Dorsey-builts were Matson
Navigation-compatible containers, which SP, ATSF & UP also had a few
of. They mainly sailed between Hawaii and the Pacific Coast states,
during the 1960s, but possibly as early as 1958 as you suggest.

http://www.matts-place.com/intermodal/part4/24foot.htm

I wonder is the “Z” in the reporting marks implies these retained
bogies when traveling the rails domestically–or possibly they were
lettered before container code conventions became accepted. I
believe Microscale’s HO sheet for CBQ containers has appropriate decals. ”

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THESE UNUSUAL FINDS OR THE HISTORY OF CB&Q’s COFC SERVICE, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW, and I’LL ADD YOUR INFORMATION ASAP. 🙂

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Dave north permalink
    June 26, 2008 1:11 am

    The name of the builder is actually DORSEY. The Y is covered with paint.
    I agree,they look great considering their age.
    cheers
    Dave

  2. Jan permalink
    June 27, 2008 1:27 pm

    Could you possibly get some more photos of these containers? Maybe even ask the owners if you could journey in and get some? These are getting very rare, they may not be around much longer…

    Thanks!

    Jan

  3. June 27, 2008 8:34 pm

    Jan, I certianly will! I admire my same need to try to preserve history, if only on film. I’ll go check them out in a couple of days and post a follow-up article. Thanks for writing!

  4. David Garon permalink
    July 1, 2008 10:36 pm

    The presence of ISO-standard corner posts on these boxes would suggest a construction date after 1965, which matches with your equipment registry entry of 1968. The international standards agreement setting the dimensions of these posts (still used today) was negotiated in 1965 in South Korea.

  5. j k keck permalink
    July 10, 2012 2:32 am

    Burlington Container (CBQZ 718818) located in Truckee, CA next to the high school football practice facility. Whitewashed.

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