Re: Boxcars In Grain Service

Dave Sarther

Back in the early to mid 1980's thousands of 40' box cars were being scrapped from almost every conceivable railroad across the US by a salvage company in Chicago.  Maybe it was Metron Steel.  At any rate the cars were being cut up by welders along the Chicago lake front as I recall somewhere around Calumet Harbor.  After being cut into smaller pieces chunks were then sent through metal shredders, up a conveyor belt and onto waiting foreign freighters.   Rob Manley initially was tipped off as to what was occurring and he and I went over to the scrap yard on a few occasions.   As long as we wore safety helmets and didn't climb on the equipment we were given the run of the place to photograph equipment in the yard waiting to be torched and shredded.  Wouldn't happen that way these days.
Later,  Dave Sarther      Tucson, AZ

-----Original Message-----
From: 'Eric Neubauer' eaneubauer@... [STMFC]
Sent: Fri, May 30, 2014 4:43 pm
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Boxcars In Grain Service


Circa 1960, a grain car would typically have been 3,000 to 3.500 cubic feet and 70-ton. When you see cars of this size and 90-ton, they'd generally be intended for some sort of mineral service. As others have said, about 2,000 c.f. and 70-ton is typical for cement.
Eric N.
*What kind of cars transported grain when the change over came? (Covered hoppers, sure, but which type?)

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