It -does- look like coal. I'm trying to figure out how the car would have gotten that
wide a 'dusting' of coal ... And - that high up on the sides and up onto the roof.
Wasn't bulk coal loaded using a chute stuck into the car after the open door had
been closed up enough to set the level (weight) of the load? Does coal being
run thru a chute produce that much dust? How does bulk coal produce such
well defined 'limits' outside of the doorway? That car looks like someone used
an airbrush to simulate the weathering! *G*
- Jim B.