Re: Hauling Sand before Coverd Hoppers Became Popular


Eric Mumper
 

Victor,

As mentioned in another reply it depends on the end use.  The linked picture was taken at Utica, Ill. on the Rock Island and shows how foundry sand was shipped well into the covered hopper era.  This plant also produced high grade sand for glass which is ideal for covered hoppers.  This sand was so fine that bulk loading in a boxcar could result in much less reaching the destination - the stuff pours like water.  The few pictures I have seen in earlier times are mostly gons and quite probably bags loaded into boxcars.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/eP1Cjx5N6eqxh2GE9

Eric Mumper

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