Re: Goodyear Coal Hoppers



I'm probably at the root of this mystery. I've made two visits to
the U of Akron Archives in the last year. I'm searching for info to
support an article I'm developing about the end user side of the
carbon black story, specifically the tire companies in Akron served
by the AC&Y. However, as anyone who has dug into boxes of company
history will tell you, ya never know what you're gonna find. . . .

Anyway, the Goodyear hoppers - The Wheeling Township Coal & Mining
Co of Adena, OH was a wholly owned subsidiary of Goodyear in the
late teens / early 20's. The mine in Adena was served by the
Wheeling. Coal from the mine was handed to the AC&Y at Mogadore,
OH, about 5 miles East of Akron and the Goodyear plants.

In the Goodyear archives at the U of A are photos of the new mine
rail car loading building. Beneath the loading chutes in one of the
photos a W&LE hopper #77981 can be partially seen. Behind it is a
Goodyear car. The reporting marks on the end are GT&R CO. but the
road number can't be made out. You can also extrapolate lettering
on the side of the car to read The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
Again, no road number visible. The GT&R car looks to be brand new
in this early 20's era photo (an educated guess as to date) as does
the Wheeling car. The cars look similar as far as # of ribs go (the
only way of really comparing the cars from the photo) which would
lead one to believe the Wheeling influenced Goodyear as to the type
of car purchased. I'll bet someone took a photo of the new hoppers
the same day they shot the mine, but I've not located one in the

I've not found a clean photo of the W&LE 77000 series hoppers but
I'm betting the GT&R cars were the same.

I also found a photo of a string of what looks like GT&R cars on a
curve, loaded, presumably headed for Akron. The lettering can't be
read but one of the panels is gray and appears to have some
lettering on it.

Someone on the list no doubt has an equipment register of the era
and might be able to shed more light on the W&LE and GT&R cars based
on my sketchy starting point.

Steve Holzheimer
Greensboro, NC

--- In STMFC@..., "Charlie Vlk" <cvlk@...> wrote:

That was my original question..... one of the AC&Y HS members
reported seeing a photo of a string of such cars at the Goodyear
plant on the AC&Y,
but the shot was partially blocked by a bluff, but showed that the
cars were indeed lettered for Goodyear. I don't have a copy of
that photo, and don't know
if one was made at the time of the research visit.
Charlie Vlk


Do you have an image or two of these coal cars? Can you
share them or do you have a source where they can be purchased.


Bob McCarthy
Modeling the Mighty Central of Georgia in Scale S


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