locked Re: Clay hoppers

Kevin von der Lippe



The clay hoppers were used between Gulf, NC (red clay pits) and Pomona Terra Cotta plant (pipe and tile company) in Greensboro, NC.  My understanding was 24 empties were transported a day to Gulf (ca. 1950s) and 24 full were picked up a day—so at least 48 of the cars were in captive service along the old Atlantic & Yadkin line (CF Line).


The NC Transportation Museum has a surviving example in Spencer, NC.  That one came from a Boren brick plant south of Greensboro—so I guess they could have been used anywhere to transport clay.  I understand some where used for Kaolin between Cordova, AL, and a Boren plant in Blacksburg, SC, until the mid-1980s


Fenton Wells did a clinic to a modelers group a year ago or so on how to kit-bash a hopper.  Mask Island Decals made decals for the HO-scale model that Fenton did.


I hope this helps.


Kevin von der Lippe

Oak Ridge, NC



From: main@SouthernRailway.groups.io <main@SouthernRailway.groups.io> On Behalf Of D. Scott Chatfield
Sent: Monday, January 13, 2020 3:17 PM
To: main@SouthernRailway.groups.io
Subject: [SouthernRailway] Clay hoppers


The Southern had a bunch of modified 3-bay open hoppers for clay service.  These are the ones with sorta-clamshell doors held closed by chains that were wrapped around spools on the carside.  I gather they mostly were used in the Carolinas.


My question is what customers did they serve?  Were they just for clay or did they also haul wet phosphate rock?  Have they been covered in TIES?


Thanks!  Hope to see some of you on Friday at the Archives.



Scott Chatfield

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