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Freight Car Friday - NAHX 53447

By February 22, 2013

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NAHX 53447
NAHX 53447
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Despite its faded paint, this car still catches your attention. It comes from an era in the 1970s and 1980s when many co-ops leased covered hoppers and had their names spelled out in big letters across the car. While some where gray like this Producers car, many wore colors not normally found on freight cars including bright orange, pale blues and even pink! The logo panel added to the car sides is a nice extra touch.

Cars like this certainly broke up any monontony in a passing train. And during the busy harvest seasons, they could be found just about anywhere in the country. Today many of these cars have been retired or at least repainted. But now and then you'll catch a reminder of this more colorful past.


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