Re: heavy duty trucks on B&LE hoppers


Ed Hawkins
 

STMFC members,
Following is a summary of B&LE twin or triple hopper cars equipped with the type of heavy-duty truck that has been discussed. I’m providing as much information as I have available from a variety of sources to include B&LE diagrams with the latest cars built in 1941 (class HT22).

Group 1: The earliest series I’ve been able to document are the class HT4 triples (1,050 cars), 90-tons, 2664 cu. ft., 40’-5” inside length, 31’-6” truck centers, Ajax hand brake, Blaw-Knox brake step, Ajax corrugated hopper doors, Wine door locks, Vulcan pedestal-type truck with Simplex clasp brakes & Barber lateral motion device, originally with KD-1012 brakes, multiple-wear 33” steel wheels.

60001-60300 (300), Standard Steel Car Co. (SSC) lot G-7240
60301-60600 (300), Pressed Steel Car Co. (PSC)
60601-60950 (350), ACF lot 1215
60951-61050 (100), Greenville Steel Car Co. (GSC) Office Order (O.O.) 177

SSC builder photo 60300 6-31 available from Keith Retterer.
ACF builder photo 60625 p. 285, 1937 Car Builders' Cyclopedia (CBC).
Links to GSC builder photos of 60951 & 61012.
https://pullman-lib.smugmug.com/Railroad-B/i-wh4jCBK/A
https://pullman-lib.smugmug.com/Railroad-B/i-545vkNb/A

The above 1931-built cars were painted entirely black with white stencils.

While it’s noted in the B&LE diagram that these HT4 cars were equipped with Blaw-Knox brake steps, it’s my belief that they were probably not original equipment but rather were installed when these cars received major repairs as of 1941.

Group 2: Classes HT16 & HT18 triples (1,500 cars): Cor-Ten Steel, 70-tons, 2775 cu. ft., 40’-8” inside length, 31’-8” truck centers, Blaw-Knox brake step, Dreadnaught hopper doors, Wine door locks, Vulcan pedestal-type truck with Simplex clasp brakes & Barber lateral motion device, AB brakes, single-wear 33” steel wheels.

75001-75750 (750), HT16, ACF lot 1488, built 1936, Ajax h/b
75751-76000 (250), HT16, GATC, built 1936, Miner h/b
76001-76500 (500), HT18, ACF lot 1633, built 1937, Ajax h/b

ACF builder photo 76064 p. 251/269, 1940 CBC (also in 1943, 1946, and other later CBC's).

Cars built in 1936 & later received brown paint. ACF paint specs for lots 1488 & 1633 - Scully Brown Products entire body & truck side frames; white stencils.

Group 3: Classes HT17, HT19, HT21, HT22 triples (3,650 cars): Cor-Ten Steel, 90-tons, 2775 cu. ft., 40’-8” inside length, 31’-8” truck centers, Blaw-Knox brake step, Wine door locks except for 200 H17 Pressed Steel cars with Fort Pitt door locks, Dreadnaught hopper doors, Vulcan pedestal-type truck with Simplex clasp brakes & Barber lateral motion device, AB brakes, two-wear 33” steel wheels.

65001-65800 (800), HT17, Pullman-Standard (P-S) lot 5521, built 1936, Miner h/b
65801-66000 (200), HT17, PSC, built 1936
66001-67000 (1,000), HT19, P-S lot 5555, built 1937, Miner h/b
67001-68000 (1,000), HT21, P-S lot 5622, built 1940, Superior h/b
68001-68650 (650), HT22, P-S lot 5660, built 1941, Ajax h/b (plus repairs to five H16 & H19 cars)

General arrangement drawing of B&LE 40’-8” IL, 90-ton triple (also applicable to 70-ton version), p. 284-285, 1937 CBC. Also p. 268-169, 1940 CBC; p. 270-271, 1943 CBC (HT17); ditto p. 276-277, 1946 CBC and published in every CBC through 1960.

P-S builder photos 65001 & 66601 p. 269 & p. 352, respectively, 1940 CBC.
P-S builder photos 67001 & 68101 available at the Illinois Digital Archives web site.

Group 4: Classes HT23, HT24 triples (1,225 cars): High Tensile Steel, 90-tons, 2775 cu. ft., 40’-8” inside length, 31’-8” truck centers, Wine door locks, Dreadnaught hopper doors, Vulcan pedestal-type truck with Simplex clasp brakes & Barber lateral motion device, AB brakes, two-wear 33” steel wheels.

68651-69075 (425), HT23, P-S lot 5712, built 1942, Superior h/b
69101-69900 (800), HT24, P-S lot 5725, built 1943, Ajax h/b

P-S builder photos 69050 & 69101 available at the Illinois Digital Archives web site.

Group 5: Additional cars built in the postwar period having the same type of trucks include 33’ IL 70-ton HM25 twins (750 cars), 2190 cu. ft.; 40’-5” IL HT26 90-ton triples (500 cars), 2664 cu. ft.

50001-50500 (500), HM25, P-S lot 5842, built 1946, Ajax h/b, Blaw-Knox brake step, Wine doors & locks
50501-50750 (250), HM25, PSC, built 1946, Wine door locks
62001-62500 (500), HT26, P-S lot 8022, built 1952, Ajax h/b, Wine door locks

P-S builder photo 50001 p. 223, 1949 CBC (also in 1953, 1957)
PSC builder photo 50679 available from Archives Canada.
P-S builder photo 62049 available at the Illinois Digital Archives web site & 62004 p. 209, 1953 CBC.

In addition to the above, B&LE sent various quantities of cars for periodic reconditioning/repairs. In some cases, original 70-ton cars were upped to 90-tons. Three orders had photos taken of reconditioned cars as indicated. One other photo relates to a photo published in the 1953 CBC.

O.O. 536, 325 cars, HT4 sample photo 60476 5-49 (link below)
O.O. 545, 300 cars, HT19 sample photo 66624 7-50 (link below)
O.O. 550, 200 cars, triples, ca. 1951
O.O. 553, 300 cars, triples, ca. 1951
O.O. 570, 1,000 cars, triples, ca. 1951
O.O. 604, 500 cars, triples, ca. 1953 (see sample photo 75325 below)
O.O. 664, 500 cars, HM25 sample photo 50645 9-55 (link below)
O.O. 671, 244 cars, twins, ca. 1956
O.O. 674, 250 cars, triples, ca. 1956

Photo of repaired 75325 1-53 p. 227, 1953 CBC (also in 1957, 1961).
Links to GSC photos of 60476 5-49, 66624 7-50, 50645 9-55.
https://pullman-lib.smugmug.com/Railroad-B/i-LgMSBfp/A
https://pullman-lib.smugmug.com/Railroad-B/i-RKmpP4m/A
https://pullman-lib.smugmug.com/Railroad-B/i-DMZ24NC/A

In some cases additional views of GSC B&LE freight car photos can be located at James Kinkaid’s collection.
https://pullman-lib.smugmug.com/Railroad-B/

That’s a lot of stuff, and my hopes are that I didn’t mess up too much!
Regards,
Ed Hawkins

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