locked Re: Mystery Hopper Class

Daniel Bourque

Justin, Evan,

The earlier P-S cars were definitely considered Big Reds—they were the original Big Reds as they dwarfed the 70T cars. The number of ribs also corresponds with the number of bays. The earliest Big Reds, built by P-S in 1964, were 6-bay, 4003 cu ft, 20-panel cars and numbered 75000-76599. Later cars, built by other manufacturers including Greenville Steel Car, were 4-bay, 3600 cu ft, 18-panel cars; numbers included 76600-77199, 77200-77799, 77800-78399, 78400-78799, 351062-351861, 390000-390499. There may be more series of the latter car.

Dan Bourque

On Apr 12, 2020, at 5:59 AM, Justin May <westpointroute@gmail.com> wrote:

The "Big Reds" look like they were constructed by Thrall in 1972,
though a Pullman-Standard car (20 panels compared to 18 panels on the
Thrall car) were constructed as early as 1964 and 1966. Forgive my
ignorance on these groups, and I'm not sure if the Pullman Standard
cars would be included in the term.

SOU 75000-75799, 5/1964, Pullman Standard
SOU 75800-76599, 9/1966, Pullman Standard


Justin May

On Fri, Apr 10, 2020 at 11:19 PM Evan Miller via groups.io
<nsrailfan82=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Thanks for the builders photos Justin. Didn’t know they had red trucks as well. Southern sure loved to have lettering all over their coal cars! I’ve never seen another railroad with as much data and warnings on theirs as Southern had.

When were the first Big Reds delivered by the way?

-Evan Miller

On Apr 10, 2020, at 7:49 PM, Justin May <westpointroute@gmail.com> wrote:

Good memory. SOU 78800-79299, PS, Lot 9883, 7=8/75.
Pullman Standard builders photos -


Justin May

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