Re: Hauling Sand before Coverd Hoppers Became Popular
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General Sand coming out of an open pit was exposed to the weather. So an open car, gon or hopper was the norm. Only specialty sands that were in bags or barrels would warrant a boxcar.
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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.