Tim Gilbert wrote
Why were there N&W coal cars on Sherman Hill? Because a few customers
west of the Rockies thought that the coal mined on the N&W had enough
qualities which western coal did not have to justify the additional
That said, however, I doubt that many of the battleship gons went over
Sherman Hill because those gons were designed to be unloaded at dumpers,
and I don't believe that the West had many if any at all. Indeed, they
were rather scarce in the East being used primarily to transfer coal
from rail into ships or barges.
Therefore, whatever coal was carried westbound over Sherman Hill in N&W
cars was carried in hoppers, or perhaps, bottom-dropping gons.
It was meant in jest Tim. That is what was meant by the smiley face. I too, doubt many battleship gons went over Sherman Hill.