Great Northern Car Counts
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That referenced total number of hoppers on the Great Northern includes iron ore cars. The 1947 Annual Report listed 8,006 ore cars and 3,421 coal cars and the number of coal cars included gondolas. GN had few open top hopper cars, only 2 classes by WW II: Standard Steel Car 2 bay cars in the 73200-73699 series and the Canton Car (rebuilds?) of 1929 in the 73000-73199 series. It was 22 years later that additional hoppers were ordered in the 78000-78299 series, 70 ton Rodger-Hart, primarily for ballast service.
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John Barry wrote:
Very true John.Moreover, many of the cars listed as hoppers in the ORER for western roads were ballast cars.
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