Seaboard F3s : LUSENET : ACL and SAL Railroads Historical Society : One Thread

I am interested in modeling the ACL-SAL in 1957-59 timeframe. I know the differences in ACL units, but not Seaboard. I know (through photo evidence) that SAL F3s had received extra grab irons by 1959 and skirts were being removed. In Langley's SAL album on page 126 it shows the 4028 with full skirt, mu connections but no handrails.

My questions are - when did SAL add mu connections? Did they add the grab irons before 1959 (I know this was an FRA requirement)?

I want to paint a Stewart F3 as SAL 4028 but need these answered before I have it done.


Larry Neal

-- Larry Neal (, August 26, 2002


The extra grab irons were an Interstate Commerce Commission requirement made around 1955 or so. (There was no Federal Railroad Administration until 1967, when the Department of Transportation assumed the safety functions of the ICC.) The exact date of the order I do not know, nor do I know what kind of compliance window was established, so I cannot tell you the exact date of the installation of these devices, but circa 1955 would be close, I think.

For what its worth.

Bob Hanson

-- Robert H. Hanson (, August 29, 2002.

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