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USRA hoppers: susquehenna question

Brad Andonian
 

Gentlemen,
I cannot locate a file of USRA hoppers with road names etc; I am looking to get confirmation that Susquehenna had these cars....    Any images and data would be appreciated.   I have located HO models on ebay, but am not sure of the accuracy of the lettering etc.

Thank you,

Brad

Eric Hansmann
 

The full USRA car assignments are presented as a resource page on my blog.

http://designbuildop.hansmanns.org/usra-freight-car-assignments/

 

These tables only note the USRA assignments, not the original allocations (which changes) or any clones and copies that railroads purchased after USRA control was relinquished.

 

Neither the NYS&W and the Erie were assigned any USRA hoppers.

 

 

Eric Hansmann

Murfreesboro, TN

 

 

 

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Gentlemen,
I cannot locate a file of USRA hoppers with road names etc; I am looking to get confirmation that Susquehenna had these cars....    Any images and data would be appreciated.   I have located HO models on ebay, but am not sure of the accuracy of the lettering etc.

Thank you,

Brad

Benjamin Hom
 

Brad Andonian asked:
"I cannot locate a file of USRA hoppers with road names etc; I am looking to get confirmation that Susquehenna had these cars....    Any images and data would be appreciated.   I have located HO models on ebay, but am not sure of the accuracy of the lettering etc."

Best source on USRA freight car allocations is the Lane article in Railroad History No. 128 published in Spring 1973, summarized by Eric Hansmann on his blog here:
https://designbuildop.hansmanns.org/usra-freight-car-assignments/

Neither NYS&W nor Erie were allocated USRA twin hoppers; I'm not sure if they obtained 1920s copies or cars secondhand.  These are easy to spot in the ORER - look for HM with 30 ft 6 in inside length, 10 ft 8 in height of sides above rail, and 1880 cubic feet capacity.


Ben Hom

Steve Salotti
 

My understanding (which I no longer remember where it came from) is that the NYS&W cars were of the Erie design with the ribs going horizontal,and depending on the era the Susquehanna had no cars in interchange service, but had 25 hoppers for online use only.  I can't state where they came from or how long they were in service.  I have seen the cars which I believe were made by Accurail, in the 5000 series, but don't know if they are accurate.
Steve Salotti