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Visual Evidence

Image 1: 1830s Flour Barrel Car

Flour barrel cars, like this one, were the first freight cars used on the B&O Railroad in the 1830s. They could hold any type of containers, but mostly transported barrels filled with flour from the flour mills located along the Patapsco River.   

 
Flour barrel cars, like this one, were the first freight cars used on the B&O Railroad in the 1830s. They could hold any type of containers, but mostly transported barrels filled with flour from the flour mills located along the Patapsco River.
 
Questions for Image 1
 
1.      What task does the man at the end of the car appear to be performing? Why would this be very important?
 
2.      What changes in the design would you suggest to improve this freight car?
 
3.      What is the purpose of the device hanging from the right end of the car?

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