Re: L&N hopper far from home


Todd Sullivan
 

I know from conversations and photographic evidence that foreign road cars didn't always get sent homeward promptly when empty.  Sometimes, they were 'borrowed' for loading and sent wherever the load was going.  There are photos of short coal trains on the PRR's Schuylkill Valley Branch above Pottsville, PA that have 80% foreign road hoppers.  Maybe this L&N hopper was loaded to a Midwestern point when there was a shortage of hoppers, and got borrowed for loading and sent further west.

Todd Sullivan
Liverpool, NY

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