Re: Depression era / pre-WWII Covered Hoppers?
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Just to add to what Ray wrote: I can't find these HCCX cement cars in my 1930 ORER, but I have seen the pix, and the build date is indeed 12-28. They do, however, appear in my 1935 edition: 50 cars, numbered 1001 to 1050. Interestingly, they appear to be running on Andrews trucks (presumably 70 ton).
Within my limited knowledge, these would appear to be some of the very earliest covered hoppers in the U.S.
On Wednesday, October 14, 2015 8:14 PM, "Ray Breyer rtbsvrr69@... [STMFC]" wrote:
The DL&W photo collection at Steamtown has a fascinating collection of six photos (X7126-X7132) showing HCCX/Hercules Portland Cement covered hoppers on a barge in Hoboken, taken on 4/1/1930. Zooming in on a few of these cars shows them to be 70 ton, four discharge bay cars, with a new date of 12/1928.The number series is at least HCCX 1002-1028 (my 1930 ORER is buried right now so I can't confirm the full series). Sadly, the cars "seem" to have a reweigh station on the L&NE, so it's doubtful that they made it west of the Mississippi. Still, it's fun to see covered hoppers that old, and with stemwinders!