We used to handle them when I was a switchman in LA, and they would only load the two end compartments and leave the center one empty.
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We also had a custimer who recieved 3-bay hoppers of Ajax clenser and they would have the center compartment empty also, but because their unloading spot was up against a bumping post, they could only unload one end of the car and then we would need to take the car and turn it on the wye and re spot it so they could unload the other end of the car. Their unloading spot was made for two bay cars.
That could make for more operation on a model railroad.
From: Brian Paul Ehni <email@example.com>
To: STMFC List <STMFC@yahoogroups.com>
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Athearn's New HO Three-Bay Covered Hoppers
Date: Sat, 03 Jun 2006 12:02:49 -0500
It would never be fully loaded with cement. Back in the day, hopper cars
used to have painted lines indicating the level of various commodities.
Cement, being more dense, would not literally fill the cubic space of the
car. Other commodities certainly could (and did).
From: Bob Chaparro <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 03 Jun 2006 16:52:52 -0000
Subject: [STMFC] Athearn's New HO Three-Bay Covered Hoppers
Just a few months ago Athearn released an HO-scale PS2 three-bay
covered hopper (Stock # 2893). The prototype for the model was the
covered hopper Pullman-Standard began producing beginning in the 1950s.
One of the statements on the Athearn website says that these hoppers
were "Designed to carry bulk commodities, such as grain, cement and
It seems to me that this car, fully loaded, would have been incapable
of handling the weight of such a dense commodity as cement.
Can anyone confirm this?
Mission Viejo, Ca