Re: War Emergency Hoppers

Ted Culotta <ted@...>

For what it's worth, Berwind cars had instructions painted on the cars
instructing to route either via the Pennsy or the C&O to get them back to
the Berwind-owned mines. Also, it was not an either/or proposition. Some
cars were assigned to mines using Pennsy lines, others to mines using C&O


-----Original Message-----
From: Beckert, Shawn []
Sent: Tuesday, January 23, 2001 12:43 PM
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Subject: [STMFC] Re: War Emergency Hoppers

Bill Schneider wrote, in part:

...Based on this small sample I would have to say
that individual cars would not be uncommon on a
road with predominantly mixed traffic. OTOH, its
not uncommon to see Pennsy coal drags with large
blocks of Berwind, Cambria & Indiana, C&O, B&O, L&N
N&W and other cars. So, as far as the SSW goes, grab
all the photos you can and see what shows up!
Bill, that's exactly what I've been doing. Many a night
has been spent going over photographs and books with a
jeweler's glass trying to read reporting marks. A lot
of the pictures from that era and local are your typical
3/4 wedge shots, unfortunately. Most photographers then
were interested in the motive power and not the consist, a
common problem for us freight car fans.

I would give much to find some yard photos taken on the
Cotton Belt during the 1940's and '50's. There are a very
few out there, mostly in books, but they don't show much
in the way of detail. Ah well, the search goes on...

Shawn Beckert

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