Posted by hemiadda2d on June 17, 2014 
And I thought the BN "TroughTrain" was a fresh concept in the 80's--SOU had predated it by at least 2 decades!
Posted by on June 17, 2014 
Note the comment on the tent at left. 260 tons of coal. That was a lot for 1965. Also, the cars had disc brakes! Very forward-looking. Southern under Bill Brosnan was a tremendous innovator in freight cars, line improvements and, especially, in track maintenance. Bill Brosnan invented several pieces of mechanized track equipment himself.
Posted by Kibu on June 15, 2017 
The articulated hopper concept wasn't really a new one when southern created this car. Prior to this, the C&O had built a one off articulated hopper design, while the Santa Fe and Canadian National had also toyed around with the idea of articulated hoppers. Theirs though were covered hoppers, with the general idea being to lower the overall weight on the rail and provide better access to branch line services.
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