--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, raildata@a... wrote:
I think there are two underlying fallacies in thecurrent "hypotheses" about
early Erie covered hoppers:Pennsylvania near
Allentown. (There were also cement mills in central PA nearBellefonte)
Cement was widely produced all over the country. There was a millat Hoe's Cave on
the D&H noth of Oneonta....a far more palusible source of cemnethauled on the
Erie. There well may have been cement mills on the western part ofthe Erie.
You're right, Chuck. This was a question we posted: where were
cement mills located on the Erie?
D&H might have been another candidate for pool cars. However, as
for the L&NE pool we were hypothesizing, it seems the originating
road, not Erie, would be more likely to pioneer a new car design.
2. That the cars were intended to haul cement.The 1940 Cyc describes the cars as cement cars.
I'm glad to see another person join this discussion. I was tempted
go off-line with Schuyler, because the STMFC discussion seemed to be
confined to only the two of us. I decided to try one more post to
see if we could attract others, so welcome aboard!