Re: Diatomite, talc and cement.. in boxcars or covered hoppers?

Jim Betz


It's my belief that some of the earliest uses of covered hoppers and the
concept of "captive service" (other than coal/ore hoppers and other 'purpose
built' cars) was cement service. The earliest covered hoppers that I know
of were the small ones used on the C&O (or was it B&O ... I can never keep
those two roads straight ... *VBG*).
It was a long time later that other products began to be shipped in covered
hoppers and they gained their "ubiquitous" status.

Am I right?
- Jim

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