Re: Monon Covered Hopper

D. Port Jr.

Hi Mont,

Could you tell me where the General Mills plant was located?

I'm always interested to learn where cars got assigned.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Mont Switzer" <mhts_switzerm@...>
To: <STMFC@...>
Sent: Monday, December 11, 2006 3:24 PM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Monon Covered Hopper


Yes, the Monon got these cars in 12-53. I know Athearn worked form
photos on this project and these numbers can get pretty hard to see. By the
way, 4413 was originally assigned to Genral Mills.

Mont Switzer

"D. Port Jr." <hudson464@...> wrote:
Just wanted to say thank you to all for the replies I received
about my
It was very helpful.


The car number I have 4413 has a NEW 12-55 Date.

Did Athearn get the year wrong?

Thanks for your help.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Mont Switzer" <mhts_switzerm@...>
To: <STMFC@...>
Sent: Sunday, December 10, 2006 3:48 PM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Monon Covered Hopper


The short answeer is no. The Monon didn't begin loading grain in
covered hoppers until the late 1960's and then only on a limited basis.
Instead the railroad operated a number of boxcars with roof hatches.

Your Athearn car respresents the Monon's first group of 3 bay covered
hoppers. They were built in 12-53 by Pullman Standard and numbered C.I.L.

In 1953 three bay covered hoppers were pretty spcialized cars and the
railroad would only have purchased them if had a pre-determined purpose
which was the case. All 30 cars were equipped with vibrators to handle
flour with cars 4401 - 4415 being assigned to General Mills.

The flour business ultimately ended up on airslide cars and the 3 bay
covered hoppers were placed in sand service assinged to Sand Brokers at
Michigan City, IN.

Due to the nature of the products that these cars handled I suspect they
did not travel far from their midwest ownership and they could always seen
on line.

An interesting side note concerns the sand cars that moved between
Michigan City, IN and Indianapolis, IN. As I attempted to dupicate Monon
operatons and schedules in HO scale I learned that train scheduling
Michigan City branch and Indianapolis branch had the railroad moving sand
cars between the two points via Monon, IN overnight. This is a good
of how model operations can assist us in learning how the prototype

Mont Switzer

"D. Port Jr." <hudson464@...> wrote:
Hi everyone,

I have a Athearn PS 2893 Covered Hopper lettered for the Monon.

Did the Monon use them for grain loading?

Thank You.

Dan Port Jr.

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