Missouri Pacific 7100-7199 series hoppers with coke racks



In the late 1950s, Missouri Pacific had 100 cars (7100-7199) fitted with coke
racks. Were these hoppers or gondolas? Doe anyone know of photos of this
series of cars with or without the coke racks? Could someone describe for me
just what a coke rack is? Anyone know of coke ovens in the Southern Illinois
area? Five of these cars were assigned to coke service out of Bush, Illinois,
from Burning Star mine, but I can find no information on coke ovens. The
majority of these cars (75) were assigned to Great Lakes out of Carondelet,
Missouri. Thanks!

Jerry Michels

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