Re: [Non-DoD Source] RE: Interesting Freight Car

Gatwood, Elden J SAD

....and that indeed is a coke plant in back. You can see the batteries in distant right. The building to front is where coal is charged into larry cars for charging the batteries. What we are looking at in front is likely the yard where outbounds and inbounds are handled for in-plant switching. The coke in the loaded cars is finer than you usually see coke, but it was produced in several grades for different uses.

Great shot!

Elden Gatwood

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Subject: [Non-DoD Source] RE: [STMFC] Interesting Freight Car

The sign reads “FOR EXCLUSIVE USE BETWEEN LACLEDE COKE PLANT & MISSISSIPPI VALLEY IRON WORKS”. That would place it in the St. Louis Terminal district with my guess being the south side on the Iron Mountain perhaps in Lesperance Street yard just south of the Municipal (Free) Bridge, aka the MacArthur Bridge. I will defer to Ed Hawkins for more detailed information or any corrections to my best guess on the location.

David Jobe, Sr.

Saint Ann, Missouri

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Subject: [STMFC] Interesting Freight Car

Here is a photo link from the Barriger Library:

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Use the arrow pointing down at the lower right corner to see a larger version of the photo.

This undated photo was taken on the Missouri Pacific.

Notice the distinctive car in the middle of the photo. This appears to be a car that was in captive service and didn't leave the MP. The car lacks initials and a road number but does have a sign that begins to read "For Exclusive Use..."

I'm sure some of you already know all about this or similar cars so please share what you know.


Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

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