aquakiwi;Thanks Old Hobo, you've answered my question. I've just added a short spur and intend to run a small logging Loco on it. Being a Kiwi, I'm not fully conversant with US Railway terms.
Actually, these were mostly used on western logging roads to get logs down the often temporary logging track to where more standard equipment could get at them. Since they weren't used in interchange service, they weren't required to have air brakes. If you wanted brakes, a brakeman had to ride the logs (or jump from load to load) and apply them manually -- from DOWN BETWEEN the logs. I'll bet not too many of them lived to collect a pension.I got to thinking. (Ack, not again!) I haven't been able to find much as yet, but I'm thinking that those disconnects with the knuckle couplers and glad-hands may not be entirely accurate. See > Log cars got no brakes A functioning air brake system would require a long hose (or pipe?) connection to be installed between each pair of disconnects. Maybe some did, I don't know, but it doesn't seem the norm. Any one got thoughts on this, or better, knowledge??