Happy New Year to all!
In the last few days, a friend of mine caught a number of grain trains in Kansas and Nebraska. He shared these great pictures. Follow along as we “sleuth out” the original owners of these covered hoppers. (All of these photos were taken by R. Houtwed.)
Now Northwestern Oklahoma RR, but was originally marked for the Chicago and Northwestern Railway.
Former Rock Island. The Rock went bankrupt in 1980, but here is a clear reminder of a once great railroad.
Formerly owned by “Growth Nonstock Co-op.” Feels like something is missing!
Formerly owned by the Bunge Corporation.
Former Union Equity. These were originally very attractive bold yellow cars with Emerald green writing.
Formerly Ralston Jefferson. Tangent recently did a nice HO-scale replica of these cars.
Very nice specimen of a former Far-Post Coop hopper.
One of my favorites, a former Denver and Rio Grande Western RR covered hopper with “ghost” writing.
Former Farmers Marketing Association car.
Lastly, a mystery car…
Can you tell us who the original owner of this car was?
The next time you see a grain train pass, see if you can identify the original owner of the patched cars.
Have a great 2015!