Re: Covered Hoppers

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>

Larry Jackman, ever inquisitive, wrote:
Question: Why would locomotive sand need a covered car? The Un Pac
and John Santa Fe in Kansas received the sand in gondolas. They had a
sand house where it was dried and then put in to the sand tower.
Sure. But ask any modern railroad: it's delivered dry in CH cars so there does not have to be a sand house. I think the disappearance of sand houses really began in the early diesel era. Certainly many SP ones were torn down by 1960.

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