Black Diamond Express

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tompm

Active Member
It is time for what the anthracite roads do best: Haul the black diamonds!

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P2K Lehigh & New England FA1

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P2K Lehigh & New England FB1

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Atlas/ARHS Lehigh & New England 2 bay offset hopper

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Atlas/ARHS Lehigh & New England 2 bay offset hopper
 

tompm

Active Member
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Atlas/ARHS Jersey Central 2 bay offset hopper

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Atlas B&O 2 bay offset hopper

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Atlas/ARHS Jersey Central 2 bay offset hopper

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Atlas/ARHS Reading 2 bay offset hopper
 

tompm

Active Member
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Atlas Lehigh & New England 2 bay offset hopper

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K&D/Athearn Lehigh & New England 2 bay offset hopper

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Bev-Bel/Athearn Unlettered 2-bay offset hopper custom dry transfers for New York Central

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Athearn Southern C/S 2-bay hopper
 

tompm

Active Member
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Athearn Central RR of Pennsylvania custom painted and dry transfers 2-bay offset hopper

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Athearn New Haven custom painted and dry transfers 4-bay offset hopper

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Athearn Virginian rib-sided two bay hopper

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Atlas Reading 2-bay offset hopper
 

tompm

Active Member
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Atlas Lehigh & New England 2-bay offset hopper

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Atlas Lehigh & New England 2-bay offset hopper

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Athearn Lehigh Valley 4-bay offset hopper

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Athearn Lehigh & New England custom painted and dry transfers 2-bay offset hopper
 

tompm

Active Member
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Athearn Central RR of Pennsylvania custom painted and dry transfers 2-bay offset hopper

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Atlas Jersey Central 2-bay offset hopper

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Atlas Reading 2-bay offset hopper

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Atlas Jersey Central 2-bay offset hopper
 

Rednarb

I love trains!
VERY VERY VERY nice!!! I love those coal hoppers and your details are wonderful! Oh man I so want a Black Diamond Express of my very own now!

Just curious, and because I'm a n00b, was it common at the time to have so many different roads on one consist?
 

tompm

Active Member
Thanks everyone!

Just curious, and because I'm a n00b, was it common at the time to have so many different roads on one consist?
Actually there weren’t too many coal only drags. Most of the time there were other cars in the train with the coal hoppers making up 80 tom90% of the train. Most photos I have seen of coal drags or trains made up of primarily coal hoppers one road dominates but there is usually other roads intermixed. In almost every photo I have seen of coal hoppers on the LNE there is usually a P&LE hopper.

In Pennsylvania there were several roads serving the coal regions. We had the Reading, Lehigh & New England, Jersey Central, PRR, Lehigh Valley, DL&W, NYO&W, and I am sure there are others. In many cases they would occupy different shores of rivers as the river cut through the mountains. Sometimes they shared the same sides. Many towns were served by three or more roads. Also ownership of the various roads was intermingled. At one time the Reading and B&O owned controlling interest in the CNJ and the B&O owned the Reading at the same time. At one point the LV was owned in part by the PRR.

So to answer your question, yes there could be more than one road in a coal drag.
 

RexHea

RAIL BENDER
Ahh man! Tom, you have my tongue:p dragging the floor with envy. Outstanding photos of some great hoppers, dirt and all.
 




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