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Rail - Rolling Stock (Freight) - Open Hopper - Woodchip
Name Open Hopper, Woodchip
Region North America
Category Rail
Type Rolling Stock (Freight)
SubType Open Hopper
Variety Woodchip
Manufacturer Various (Details)
Era Era V: Modern (1979 - Present)



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History: As the timber industry discovered new uses for wood chips (they had been burning them as waste,) the railroad industry hurried to develop a means to haul them economically. By adding extension boards to standard 70 ton coal hoppers, many roads were able to take on this traffic. Some railroads preferred flat side extensions made from steel or composite (steel and plywood) while others preferred rib-sided extensions.

In New England in the 1950s-1970s a very common car on the B&M system were the "Woodsville hoppers". They were basically B&M 70 ton hopper cars slightly modified for wood chip service and were based out of Woodsville, NH. They could be seen everywhere from Portland on the Maine Central system to Southern Connecticut on the New Haven.

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 2018-09-24 17:20:16. Last edited by gdm on 2018-09-24 17:20:31

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