Re: Hart Ballast Cars

Dave Nelson <muskoka@...>

Ordinary gravel was one of the most common carloadings in the steam era and
HK hoppers were well suited to such loads. Ballast -- as in railroad
ballast -- would likely be (by comparison) relatively small compared to the
need for gravel going into roads, sidewalks, house foundations, anything
using concrete.

The ICC did classify broken stone as a different commodity from ordinary
gravel. I don't know the facts of the situation but going on the names
alone it seems to me that railroad ballast is normally broken stone and what
I've seen going into cement wasn't; FWIW tonnage/carloads of broken stone
reported to the ICC as rail shipments were a tiny fraction of gravel, tho of
course this is only revenue shipments so company MOW wouldn't have been
included. But the take away here is gravel was a very common shipment by

In the west HK hoppers were also pressed into service during the sugar beet

Dave Nelson

-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Betz [mailto:jimbetz@...]

Yes, I'm aware of operations such as the building of a dam
where rock from some location would be moved to the dam site -
and that might involve more than one road ... but even then would
-ballast- cars be used for that type of service? Occasionally?
I guess that what I'm asking is if side dump cars of this type
regularly used in any service other than the ballast work they are
obviously purpose-built for?

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