Maine Central/North Conway hopper. Was Baltimore and Ohio hopper cars...


Steve Vallee
 

Dear Group...

I've gone through my files and here is what I found on the ex-B&O hoppers that the Maine Central picked up. Almost all had heavily rusted sides:

CAR # Location Date

MEC #3728................Deerfield, Mass...................11-23-85

MEC #3754................Deerfield, Mass...................11-23-85

MEC #3782................Deerfield, Mass...................11-23-85

MEC #3783...............S. Portland, Maine..................4-9-89

MEC #3785...............S. Portland, Maine..................4-9-89

MEC #3789................Deerfield, Mass..................October 84

MEC #3798 (*)...........S. Portland, Maine..................4-9-89

MEC #3826 (*)...........S. Portland, Maine..................4-9-89

MEC #3833................Deerfield, Mass....................5-12-84

MEC #3840...............S. Portland, Maine..................4-9-89

MEC #3841................Deerfield, Mass....................3-5-88

MEC #3860 (*)............Deerfield, Mass....................4-10-87

MEC #3882..............Hoosic Tunnel, Mass.................10-27-84

MEC #3892 (*)........North Conway, New Hampshire.........October 1984

Numbers with (*) denote cars with trace B&O lettering showing through the V-E-R-Y rusty sides.

These cars had a very short life span (five years) on the MEC before they were off the roster.

MEC #3892 first showed up on the Conway Scenic Railroad in 1984, still in the MEC patch paint scheme with B&O showing through.

By 9-19-87, this car was repainted all black, with only B&O #829839 and reporting marks under the car number. And by 9-15-90, the car was giver the Baltimore and Ohio lettering on its sides, along with the oval herald.

If anyone out there knows what happened to those MEC/B&O hoppers, I'd love to know.

Hope this report helps.

Steve Vallee


Benjamin Hom
 

Steve Vallee wrote:
"I've gone through my files and here is what I found on the ex-B&O hoppers that
the Maine Central picked up. <<snip>>"

Steve, did you record any of the car numbers?  It would be of immense help to
trace these cars' lineage.


Ben Hom


Steve Vallee
 

Dear Ben...

The only car numbers visible were the Maine Central numbers. The B&O numbers were painted over in black paint and the MEC car number was applied over this black patch, so finding the B&O numbers were impossible.

I think I may have misled the group when I said I checked my files. Those "files" are really my slides. Sorry for the mix up.

Bowing my head in shame...

Steve Vallee