Re: Rapido GLa Hopper--Anthracite carloads on Great Northern
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If I recall correctly (a big if), wasn't anthracite used as carbon filtration in water plants?
If so, fuel was not the only need for northeast hoppers far afield.
A lot of western coal was shipped in boxcars on CP. Prairie towns had coal merchants’ bins with the trackside loading bins even with a boxcar floor and the coal was shovelled into them. OCS coal for CP in NB for those coal loader derrick contraptions came by boxcar from local mines too.