Re: Cement loads in box cars perhaps like grain and coal loads
Stafford Swain <sswain@...>
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Bulk cement lurking behind "cement doors" in boxcars seems entirely plausible to me.
I understand (and have seen lots of photo evidence to support same) that in western Canada, "rough-service" designated boxcars were used for both company-service (OCS) and industrial/consumer coal (hopper cars were much less prevalent in the west). The boxcar doorway openings were boarded up with "coal boards" (think "grain doors") and bucket/belt-augurs and hand shovels were about the limit of the then load-in/load-out technology.
I don't think I have ever discovered anything to tell me how to classify visually which CNR cars were for "rough freight service" in the 1950s. Nonetheless, many CNR cars were marked "For Clean Loading Only" to the left of the doors near the pin so perhaps it was nothing more than the absence of this marking which makes a given boxcar a rough-service car.
In the early 1960s CN had a system of Yellow dots and black lettesr on the car sides to provide a positive means to identify such use classifications but I don't model that era.
Well, we have seen accounts that indicate bulk cement was carried in
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