Do you recognize this coal hopper? I know you recognize the railroad name, but do you recognize the car design? It looks similar to many hoppers used in the first four decades of the 20th Century. The B&O had more than 1400 of these N-12e class cars listed in the October 1926 Official Railway Equipment Register (ORER). There were 14,364 overall N-12 class cars. Are you surprised?
My railroad modeling is focused on 1926. Through many years of photo reviews, I’ve found the freight car fleets of many railroads looked starkly different from their post-WW2 fleets. Summaries of B&O boxcars and gondolas have been published here that illustrate the different car designs on the 1926 roster.
The full B&O fleet summary won’t fit nicely into a blog page so PDF files have been created to share the fleet information. A resource page is available to access individual PDF summaries as manageable file downloads.
The hopper summary is now available for your review and enjoyment. Flat cars, stock cars, and cabooses will be featured in the final installment.
Several people have assisted with this project. I thank James Mischke, Bob Witt, Ed Kirstatter, and Ray Breyer for sharing details, photos, and proofreading as this summary has progressed.
It’s been over a year since the last installment of the 1926 B&O freight car fleet review. Things got busy, then the old computer tanked, and I actually forgot about it for awhile. Thanks for your patience and enjoy the hopper review.
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