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Rail - Rolling Stock (Freight) - Covered Hopper - 4-Bay Ribside

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Name Covered Hopper, 4-Bay, Ribside
Region North America
Category Rail
Type Rolling Stock (Freight)
SubType Covered Hopper
Variety 4-Bay Ribside
Manufacturer Various (Details)
Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
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History: Right into the 1960s, grain typically was carried by 40' boxcars. They were difficult to load and to unload, but they had the huge advantage that they could be repurposed for other kinds of freight during the times when not needed for the grain rush. However, the 1960s were a tough time for the railroads. Due to competition from interstate trucking, the railroads were forced to innovate to stay competitive. This resulted in the development of the large volume covered grain hopper. The cars could handle any bulky low-density commodity that needed protection from the elements. Grain was the natural load for these cars, and Southern was a leading innovator with this type of car. They developed the 'Big John' which was quickly emulated by many other railroads.

Railroad/Company: This set of items is comprised of more than one name. Please look at the component items for details on the specific roadnames and/or manufacturers.


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Item created by: gdm on 2019-02-15 13:42:36. Last edited by gdm on 2019-02-16 06:01:04

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