Re: Photo: DL&W 70793

Tony Thompson
 

In the early 20th century, there were cars called "hopper-bottom gondolas," that had modest amounts of slope sheets to help most of the cargo depart through the doors. In later years, the hopper definition was changed to "self clearing," meaning ALL cargo would depart by gravity. Many hopper-bottom gondolas were not entirely self-clearing and could not have been called hoppers in later years.

Tony Thompson



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