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This little guy turned up in a 'lot' of freight cars I recently aquired.
Can someone enlighten me as to it's proper name & era?

TIA
 

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I may be wrong but I do believe it is called a skeleton log car
 

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"Log Buggy" thanks Dennis!
Yes. Archbar trucks WV. 1890 - 1930. Thank you also sir.
Yes Pokey, trucks are unsprung cast. Plastic wheel sets. Entire car is cast actually.
Don't know if by keystone. No markings. I was thinking maybe Varney or Mantua?
Anyway. I put kadee whiskers on it. Metal wheels later when I buy next 100 count batch. I like it, I want a few more if anyone wants to part with theirs.
 

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MtRR75,
I was actually wondering about those rails. Especially since much wider seperation than track the car runs on. Thanks man!
 

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You've gotten good answers so far. Skeleton log car (or wagon), around the turn of the 20th Century. The rails were used to keep the logs from rolling, 6 logs were loaded per car, in a 3-2-1 pyramid. Narrow gauge was common.

These cars would have been used by logging companies to get logs down out of the wilderness to where another railroad would pick them up (usually transloading the logs onto a standard flat lumber car with a rack). Less often, they would take logs right to the sawmill if it was a company-owned one.
 
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