Re: bonsallscalecarshops D&RGW Gondolas

Mark Hemphill
 

They might have wandered into the southeast a few times, anything showed up anywhere if one waited long enough. But I doubt they ever appeared in the southeast on a regular basis. D&RGW was always gon-poor so they wouldn't have wanted to lease them out to a foreign road. In the lifetime of those cars, D&RGW's coal market going east petered out at about Salina and Hoisington, Kansas on the MP and UP. Santa Fe had similar access to the Raton Field in southern Colorado, so D&RGW coal didn't penetrate Santa Fe markets in Kansas very often. Beyond that approximate mid-point of Kansas on MP and UP lines, coal mined in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kansas outcompeted D&RGW coal in domestic, industrial, and railroad fuel markets on an as-delivered cost basis.  Coal quality in the Raton Field was high-BTU, low ash, low moisture, thus very good for domestic heating, industrial use, steam generation, and locomotive fuel, but it wasn't a very good coking coal so it couldn't compete with coking coal from Oklahoma in the plains states, and certainly not with West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and other eastern met coals in Mississippi Valley, Chicago, and Ohio Valley markets.  

Mark Hemphill

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