Re: Odd Uses for Abandoned Cars

Derrick Brashear <shadow@...>

On Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 2:25 PM, Steve <stvvallee@...> wrote:


Dear Group...

I spotted this tidbit on page 133 in the October, 1937 issue of Railroad

In August section of "On The Spot" (a department of Railroad Magazine) was
a request for information about odd uses for abandoned cars. At Port Royal,
Pa., is a Tuscarora Valley narrow-gage boxcar used as a home. At Huntingdon,
Pa., the Pennsy has turned a boxcar into a clubhouse. during the St.
Patrick's day flood in 1936 the Pennsy dumped a lot of old hopper cars over
the bank near Johnstown, Pa., to keep the river from undermining the
track.---PAUL E. WESTBROOK, JR., 3336 broad Ave., Altoona, Pa.

Here is my question. Does anyone out there know where this hopper dumping
took place and is those hoppers are still there?

There are pictures in one of the books I have. I'm not there, but my
recollection is it was just compass east of where Parkhill Rd and 2nd St in
East Conemaugh, PA, are, along the west/north bank of the Little Conemaugh.

I don't recall seeing them while on Amtrak but nor can I tell you I looked


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