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What a Dump: 1943

What a Dump: 1943

May 1943. Pennsylvania R.R. iron ore docks, Cleveland. "After the ore is weighed in the Hulett unloader it is dropped in the waiting hopper cars below." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the OWI. View full size.

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PRR H-21 Quad hoppers

This is an excellent and rare color view of the inside of Pennsy coal hoppers. Notice the one hopper, the paint is gone where the coal load rests against it.

There are apparently two different colors on the hoppers, one a more rusty color of "Freight Car Brown" and one an older, more umber, color. The three hoppers in the foreground all appear to be H-21 hoppers, of which the PRR had thousands.

Edmund Fitzgerald

Couldn't help but think of the song "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald":

With a load of iron ore, 26,000 tons more
Than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty...

...When they left fully loaded for Cleveland.

I used to live in Lorain and saw those big lake freighters sail up the Black River

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