3-bay Open Hoppers

From 1976 until the early 1990s, when bathtub gons and new 4-bay hoppers began showing up, 3-bay hoppers were the backbone of Conrail's coal-hauling fleet. Conrail inherited thousands of them from predecessor roads, and also purchased many new classes of cars to replace aging 70-ton hoppers.

Class H1A

The H1A class of hoppers was built by the N&W between 4/78-1/79 as CR 486801-487300. Cars are rated at 100 tons, 3570 cuft, & 50ft long.

Class H1B

Conrail rostered 2830 Class H1B triple hoppers, built by Bethlehem Steel's Johnstown plant between May 1978-November 1979. Cars were number as CR 487301-489800 & 490801-490875.

Class H1C

Conrail's H1C class was constructed by Pullman-Standard from October-December 1978, and could be seen in both coal and ore service throughout the years. Car were numbered as CR 489801-490800.

Class H1D

Class H1D was built by the N&W as clones of their H12 class of cars.

Class H1G

Conrail's H1G class was built by the Chessie at their Raceland, KY shops. 130 H1Gs were equipped with the ill-fated Hopper Toppers and given the AAR designation HTR so they could alternate between coal and grain service as-needed. While the program was not a success, it is a testament to Conrail's resourcefulness.

Class H1K

Class H1K was built in 12-91 and 1-92 by Trinity.

Class H1L

Class H1L consists of two distinct groups of GSC-built hoppers which Conrail purchased from the ATSF in the early 1990s.

Class H36

Former PRR cars

Class H37G

The H37G class was a group of 70-ton hoppers the PC rebuilt in 1970 to become PC 459371-459832. They carried this number series onto Conrail.

Class H39

The H39 class was built by ACF to a design jointly done by the PRR and C&O. The PRR originally rostered around 10,000 of these cars, and Conrail retained thousands of them well into the 1980s.

Class H39A

The PRR began building a fleet of more than 6000 H39A 70-ton hoppers in 1962, many of which were conveyed to PC and Conrail.

Class H43

Conrail's H43s were 100-ton clones of a N&W triple hopper design, with over 2000 built starting in 1964. 

Class H43A

The H43A subclass was built at Hollidaysburg using components supplied by Bethlehem Steel-Johnstown.

Class H43B

The H43B subclass was built at Hollidaysburg using components supplied by Bethlehem Steel-Johnstown.

Class H43C

The H43C class was assembled by Bethlehem in Johnstown starting in 1967.

Class H43D

The H43D class was assembled by Bethlehem Steel at Johnstown,PA for the PC in 1971.

Class HE7C

Former EL cars.  By the early 1980's, many cars from this class had been sold and relettered to FDDM (CNW subsidiary).  Some then went on to Chessie in early-mid 1986.  One example of those such cars here: C&O 139945 (photo)

Class HR1A

The HR1A class of hoppers were built by the Reading at their Reading PA shops as RDG 41250-41649 in 1966. These cars were renumbered into the CR 481582-483757 series. The series is not solid as cars were renumbered around other cars also joining the fleet. The car are rated at 100 tons, 3418 cuft & 48ft 8in long.

Class HR1B

The HR1B class of hoppers were built by Bethlehem Steel at Johnstown PA as RDG 41650-41849 in 1971. RDG 41775-41849 were transferred to the D&H in 4/76 and became D&H 9701-9775. The remaining 121 cars became CR 483758-483879. The cars are rated at 100 tons, 3433 cuft & are 48ft 8in long.

Class HR1C

The HR1C class of hoppers were built by Bethlehem Steel at Johnstown PA in 1962 as RDG 40001-40400. Cars were originally assigned to the CR 479025-481377 series. Series is not solid as cars were renumbered around PC H43C's and H43D's joining the fleet. Also, at least 192 cars were also renumbered into the CR 423883-425033 series. Cars are rated at 85 tons, 2868 cuft & are 48ft 8in long.

Class HR1D

The HR1D class of hoppers were built by Bethlehem Steel at Johnstown PA in late 1975 as RDG 483501-484600. Cars were to become CR 483882-485056, but being built so close to the creation of Conrail, many would carry their big RDG reporting marks throughout Conrail. Cars are rated at 100 tons, 3487 cuft & 48ft 8in long.

ex-HLMX

Conrail series 494970-494999.  Acquired via HLMX, originally C&O cars that were rebodied by BSC in 1988.

B&A 910691 - Class 865H at Chester, MA. on 3/14/81.

The Boston & Albany lives! Three bay hopper with "B&A" sublettering at Chester, MA. on March 14, 1981. Used in captive MOW service.

CR 424711 - Class 867H

CR 424711 is seen at Columbia, PA.

CR 429734 - Class 865H

Car is ex PC 429734/NYC and was built (3-59?). If the build date is correct, this car would be from the NYC 920020-921519 series. Note the red dot signifying "ORE".

CR 445000 - Class HR7C

CR 445000 is seen at Enola, PA. Car is ex RDG 59002 (from a series of 100 hoppers rebuilt in 1975 as RDG 59000-59099, classed HTF).

CR 459599 - Class H37G?

CR 459599 is seen at Columbia, PA. Car is ex PC 459599.

CR 483202 at Johnstown, PA

An eastbound freight is pulling into Johnstown, PA in 1983, but the most interesting part of this photo is CR 483202, with the "CR" patch above the PC-style slanted numbering.

CR 491159 at Bennington Curve

Conrail triple hopper 491159 is seen trailing behind SD40 6288 (ex-CNJ 3064) on an eastbound coal drag at Bennington Curve in 1983.

CR 6378 at Horseshoe Curve in August 1995

Conrail SD40-2 6378 is providing some extra braking power on the rear of an eastbound freight, with Conrail class H1C triple hopper 490220 bringing up the rear of the train. 8/6/1995

CR 6499 and CR 485078 at Bennington Curve

Conrail triple hopper 485078 is on the tail end of an eastbound coal train at Bennington Curve in 1983, with SD40-2 6499 assisting on the rear.

CR 6499 at Bennington Curve

Conrail triple hopper 485078 is on the tail end of an eastbound coal train at Bennington Curve in 1983, with SD40-2 6499 assisting on the rear.

CR hoppers in UXC-280 at Johnstown, PA 8/20/98

The CR hoppers of loaded coal train UXC-280 are seen at Johnstown, PA on 8/20/98.

EL 32422

Car was built 3-65.

EL 32539

EL 32539 is seen at Baden (East Conway), PA. Car was built 6-66.

PC 480901-Class H43D

PC 480901 is seen with other hoppers at Essington, PA somtime in the early 1990's. Car was later rebuilt to CR 506204, a CR class G52R coalporter. Color print scan.

PRR 668672

CR GP-7 5817 (ex-RDG 625) moves a string of hoppers including PRR 668672 at Abrams yard in August, 1978.

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