Re: outstanding article on freight cars

Paolo Roffo

Sorry I'm late to the game here. 

Were these tank-cars-turned-covered-hoppers used exclusively to transport the slate granules from the quarry in Vermont to customers elsewhere? 

I'm trying to determine if I can justify having them on a PRR layout - I tend to think most roof shingle manufacturers in the Keystone State probably would have used locally-sourced slate to lower their transportation costs, but I'd love to be wrong.  Any thoughts?


Paolo Roffo

--- In STMFC@..., <stmfc@...> wrote:

Hi Mike,

There's photographic evidence of these Barrett cars being used on the
Maryland & Pennsylvania RR. Consequently, there's been appreciation for
your recent excellent article in the Ma & Pa community too.

One of the major industries on the line was Funkhouser's slate quarry in
Delta, Pa., which produced all manner of slate products, but among them
slate granules used in roofing. So you can include the small M&P in your
list and, by extension, its interchange railroads B&O and PRR.

All the best,


James McDonald
Greenbelt, MD.

From: Michael Evans
> <mailto:michael.evans78@...> To: STMFC@...
> <mailto:STMFC@...> Sent: Thursday, September 12,
> 2013 3:58 PM Subject: [STMFC] Re: outstanding article on
> freight cars
> Guys, thanks for all the kind words on my Barretts cov hop
> article, it is appreciated.
> I am trying to find out more info on the routing of these
> cars, if anybody has any info.
> > From interchange reports I know some of them were routed from
> the D&H to the Rutland RR at Rutland VT, up the Rut, across
> the OL&C div, on to Chicago. The Bob Collins color photo shows
> one going south on Richmondville hll, and I have read here that
> some showed up on the PENN.
> I am not even sure if Barretts used all the granulated slate
> for themselves, or if the sold them to other roofing mfg.
> Thanks for any info,
> Mike Evans

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