Re: Boxcar With Roof Hatches
Garth Groff and Sally Sanford
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Tim and Friends,
Add WP to your list. By 1940 some of their double-sheathed boxcars from series 16001-18500 were renumbered to series 26001-26125 and were assigned to bulk plaster service out of Gerlach, Nevada. The earliest references I have to the roof hatches is in the 1949 ORER, with 20 cars having four hatches, and 15 having just two, from a total of 122 cars. By 1958 the fleet was down to just 24 cars, with just two having four hatches, and one having two. I presume the rest of the class were loaded through their main doors with some sort of "grain door" arrangement to keep the plaster from leaking out. Where these cars went from Gerlach is still a mystery to me, but I would be surprised if they operated of WP rails, unless they were turned over to UP or D&RGW for unloading in the Salt Lake City area.
On Wed, Oct 30, 2019 at 10:15 PM Tim O'Connor <timboconnor@...> wrote: