Re: West Side Belt hoppers


rwitt_2000
 

Eric,

A nice find.

This photo of these West Side Belt hoppers illustrates another example of hopper cars built between ~1910 and ~1917 with the longitudinal hopper bays. The B&O built 9,000 cars of a similar design, class N-13, but with different arrangement for the hopper bays.

We still do not have good documentation explaining why these were built when it seems that the design for the standard twin hopper car was already established before 1910.

Regards,

Bob Witt

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