Collection of Ted Culotta
Between 1923 and 1925, the Cotton Belt received 2,500 double sheathed box cars (31000-33499) built to an inside height of 8'6". In the 1930s and 1940s, they rebuilt approximately 80% of these cars to an IH of 10'2" and placed them in the 36000-38499 series. This increase in height was achieved by adding a spacer in between the two existing end panels to increase the car height. The spacers were either three Murphy corrugations or two roof carlines. The rebuilt cars were some of the tallest double sheathed cars in existence.