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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Class H1D was built by the N&W as clones of their H12 class of cars.
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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.
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Class H1K was built in 12-91 and 1-92 by Trinity.
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Class H1L consists of two distinct groups of GSC-built hoppers which Conrail purchased from the ATSF in the early 1990s.
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Former PRR cars
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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.
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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.
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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.
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ex PC/PRR
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Conrail's H43s were 100-ton clones of a N&W triple hopper design, with over 2000 built starting in 1964. 
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The H43A subclass was built at Hollidaysburg using components supplied by Bethlehem Steel-Johnstown.
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The H43B subclass was built at Hollidaysburg using components supplied by Bethlehem Steel-Johnstown.
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The H43C class was assembled by Bethlehem in Johnstown starting in 1967.
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The H43D class was assembled by Bethlehem Steel at Johnstown,PA for the PC in 1971.
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ex-EL.
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ex EL
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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)
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ex-EL.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Conrail series 494970-494999.  Acquired via HLMX, originally C&O cars that were rebodied by BSC in 1988.
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The Boston & Albany lives! Three bay hopper with "B&A" sublettering at Chester, MA. on March 14, 1981. Used in captive MOW service.
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CR 424711 is seen at Columbia, PA.
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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".
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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).
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CR 459599 is seen at Columbia, PA. Car is ex PC 459599.
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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.
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Conrail triple hopper 491159 is seen trailing behind SD40 6288 (ex-CNJ 3064) on an eastbound coal drag at Bennington Curve in 1983.
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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
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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.
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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.
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The CR hoppers of loaded coal train UXC-280 are seen at Johnstown, PA on 8/20/98.
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Car was built 3-65.
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EL 32539 is seen at Baden (East Conway), PA. Car was built 6-66.
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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.
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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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