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Rail - Rolling Stock (Freight) - Open Hopper - 3-Bay Longitudinal

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Name Open Hopper, 3-Bay, Longitudinal
Region North America
Category Rail
Type Rolling Stock (Freight)
SubType Open Hopper
Variety 3-Bay Longitudinal
Manufacturer Santa Fe (Details)
Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)



History: Longitudinal hoppers were made by Santa Fe's Topeka shops in the early 1960s. They feature a unique dump-door design with the doors powered by air-pressure. This design permits the doors to be closed in 12 seconds or less and opened in 6 seconds or less. Unfortunately the structural design of these hoppers was not sound and they had to be modified with additional structural elements at the ends to keep them in service. Less than 100 of these oddball hoppers were made.

Railroad/Company:
The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (reporting mark ATSF), often abbreviated as Santa Fe or AT&SF, was one of the larger railroads in the United States. Chartered in February 1859, the railroad reached the Kansas-Colorado border in 1873 and Pueblo, Colorado, in 1876. To create a demand for its services, the railroad set up real estate offices and sold farm land from the land grants that it was awarded by Congress. Despite the name, its main line never served Santa Fe, New Mexico, as the terrain was too difficult; the town ultimately was reached by a branch line from Lamy.

The Santa Fe was a pioneer in intermodal freight transport, an enterprise that (at one time or another) included a tugboat fleet and an airline (the short-lived Santa Fe Skyway). Its bus line extended passenger transportation to areas not accessible by rail, and ferryboats on the San Francisco Bay allowed travelers to complete their westward journeys to the Pacific Ocean. The ATSF was the subject of a popular song, Harry Warren & Johnny Mercer's "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe", written for the film, The Harvey Girls (1946).

The railroad officially ceased operations on December 31, 1996, when it merged with the Burlington Northern Railroad to form the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway.

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Item created by: gdm on 2019-07-08 09:31:29. Last edited by gdm on 2019-07-08 09:33:11

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