Re: Car travel of hoppers including "strays"

Malcolm Laughlin <mlaughlinnyc@...>

I'm suprised that no one has mentioned construction aggregates (sand, stone and gravel) as one of the major uses of hopper cars.

The Norflok Southern had a large hopper fleet, and its main use was construction aggregates. Nearly all class 1 railroads had on-line quarries. B&M is another that comes to mind on which the large on-line hopper loading was aggregates.

You can have just about any mark hauling this on your model railroad as long as you are within a few hundred miles of the loading point and there is a reasonable likelihood of that mark being at the loading point. C411 cars (N&W, C&O, etc.) are of course excluded from this unless the origin os on those roads.

Malcolm Laughlin, Editor 617-489-4383
New England Rail Shipper Directories
19 Holden Road, Belmont, MA 02478

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