1. CSX 292534 has a load limit of 226,200 and a volume of 2197 cubic feet. It was built 04-1981. Bad ordered at Carey OH. 06-18-2015. Rebuilt from standard hopper car 350936, capacity 3350 cubic feet. CSX rebuilt over 1000 hoppers this way. The original car was a quad hopper, reduced to three bays during the rebuild. I don’t have a good predecessor-to-CSX numbering guide; could this be one of the cars that Riceland built for L&N?
2. Wheeling & Lake Erie hopper 418 was being loaded at Stone Co. (Shelly Minerals) at Carey OH. 06-18-2015. Cars in WE series 400-449 were renumbered from a JAIX 80000 and 90000 series. I know nothing about these cars beyond that; they were rebuilt before 1991. I suspect that they were shortened from older coal-carding cars of 3800 cubic feet capacity (current capacity is 2531 cubic feet). WE 418 is ex-JAIX 80272. Looking a little more closely at the WE 400 series, there are also some JAIX 78000s in the heritage, and one 81000-series car. I still haven’t figured out which power company owned these cars originally as coal cars, but the first two digits of the original number were probably the year in which they were built.
3. WE 230021 is ex-DJJX or DJLX. …or DJTX! The series is 230001-230030. DJTX 230022, the only car showing in the predecessor series, was formerly JOGX (Jointa Galusha, L.L.C.) 8960. The JOGX series was 8939-8968, which suggests that the cars were renumbered in order. Given that these cars were numbered between other groups, it’s likely that the JOGX numbers weren’t the originals, either.
4. Former covered hopper converted to ore service. AK Steel Ashland Works, 08-17-2014. CSXT 389738 is ex-CSXT 224427. To the best of my knowledge these can’t be ex-C&O covered hoppers. Several hundred similar cars were converted (CSXT 389500-389874); the 2929-cubic-foot figure for their capacity is unchanged from their days as covered hoppers. Note also that these cars are gons—those hopper doors are probably sealed or removed.
5. Wheeling & Lake Erie coke hopper 1921 at AK’s Ashland Works. I forgot to ask about the WE 1900 series (1900-1924). These apparently originated as D&RGW hoppers; more info will be forthcoming. Their previous numbers were in the WE 19000 series (corresponding to their origin in D&RGW series 19395-19644).
All of these companies like Lafarge, Osborne, Appalachian Railcar, National Salvage, Sultran, Macquairie Rail, Kapstone Charleston Craft, The Andersons, Residco and Rail Connection have interesting operations and history.