Re: Accurail USRA hopper
Bill Hirt <whirt@...>
The coal load from Waltonville IL was from Orient No. 3 operated by the Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company. In 1954, it was purchased by the Freeman Coal Mining Corporation and became Freeman No. 3. The mine was served by the CB&Q, IC and MP.
The coal load from Orient could have been from possibly two mines operated by the Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company. Orient No. 1 closed in 1954 and was served by the C&EI, CB&Q, IC and MP. Orient No. 2 (also known as New Orient) closed in 1960 was served by C&EI, CB&Q, IC and MP.
Source of this information is BRHS Burlington Bulletin No. 35. The Bulletin also states that for most of it's existence (1923-1960), Orient No. 2 was the largest bituminous coal mine in the world. An explosion at this mine killed 119 miners in December 1951.
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