Re: War Emergency Hoppers
Ted Culotta <ted@...>
Tony's point is exactly right. When I used the N&W example, I meant it verytoggle quoted messageShow quoted text
explicitly that the cars went to their offload or transshipment points on
foreign rails (after handoff to the foreign road by the N&W) and then went
promptly back to the N&W (and, yes, I'm sure that one out of 1,000 was kept
by the forwarding road for some purpose, but that's the EXCEPTION).
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Sent: Tuesday, January 23, 2001 11:43 AM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Re: War Emergency Hoppers
That coal hoppers went off line is not in dispute. That they did so "in
large numbers" is relative. The fact remains that most photos of coal
trains in coal country show very high percentages of home road cars. OTOH,
research has demonstrated that coal moved via certain routes off-line, e.g.
to the Great Lakes for export. But please note that such is NOT the same as
"going everywere off line," as we might expect with XM, FM, etc. cars.
I think if you want to model off-line coal hoppers, you need
documentation of what you choose to model. As someone else has said, the
favorite modeler's coal train in which every hopper is a different road is
plain silly. The farther we get from that, the better.
(All spoken, of course, by someone who has close to zero need to model
ANY coal cars of any description.)
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