Re: Hauling Sand before Coverd Hoppers Became Popular

Charles Morrill

The SP's El Paso steam era sand house received locomotive sand in ordinary SP GS class gons.  Weather was not a factor as the sand was dried in the sand house before being blown up into the delivery bins.


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Subject: [RealSTMFC] Hauling Sand before Coverd Hoppers Became Popular

What kind of car was used? I am referring to bulk sand from a pit that ships out sand and gravel. Perhaps this sand would not be that specialized. Wouldn't it need to be protected from the weather? On a side note, In the early 1970s (long after covered hoppers became popular) I remember a tower operator referring to an ancient gondola in a consist loaded with sand. I did not see it and wondered if it was covered.

Victor A. Baird

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