Re: Need PS-2 data
Garth Groff <sarahsan@...>
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Clark is right on this. Most of the railroad-owned cars were in cement service (PS-2s, AC&Fs and clones) , and couldn't be used for anything else without a major overhaul and cleaning. That was what they were originally designed for. Cement being a plentiful commodity throughout most of the country, they usually didn't stray off their home roads much.
There were exceptions though. I remember seeing and shooting a lot of C&O and related cars when I first came to Virginia that carried sand out of Dilwyn. AFAIK, all of the WP's small fleet of PS-2s were in dedicated limestone service from mines west of Salt Lake City to the U.S. Steel plant at Geneva. It wasn't until the 1970s that some appeared regularly in California in company sand service. Some Southern and even N&W cars carried titanium products out of Piney River, VA on the Virginia Blue Ridge. Any railroad-owned cars dedicated to special commodities would have been tightly controlled to keep them from being contaminated by loading with other products.
Many private owners were also single-commodity cars, especially those carrying bulk chemicals, running on regular routes to major factories of their owners or leasees (think of the Boraxo cars).
Very few of these hoppers carried grain-type products. The big exceptions was Central Soya (CSX reporting marks!) which wore billboard "McMillan-Feed-Mills" splashed across their sides. Another exception were the 7 NAHX cars leased to Quaker Oats. Once again, these cars probably ran on pretty specific routes. The role of general grain carriers really fell to the slightly later 47' PS-2s and their competitors.
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