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Official Company Archive Photos: Rolling Stock
This page covers the old railroad archive rolling stock photos that were available. Most of these are various coke cars, which the railroad seemed to have a large number of over the years. A good portion of the shots are formal build photos, taken at the factory when the car was built. Unfortunately, some sets of photos were missing the best side shots. These photos are not to be used in any way, without the consent of the site owner.

Subject: EJ&E Box Car #60081
Location: Joliet, IL
Date: Unknown
Credit: Unknown

Notes: The box car looks to have been recently painted into the (then new) orange and black scheme. This may have been a staged shot, as this same photo appeared on the cover of a shippers brochure, but it had been colorized. A note on the photo reads: "At Joliet on Rockdale Line".


Subject: Side/Bottom Dump Hopper Car #18215
Location: Unknown
Date: Unknown
Credit: Unknown

Notes: A unique bottom/side dump design. Coke may have been the main use, but could have been used for ballast as well. First shot shows doors open, second shows doors closed. Stencils read: "Gran'l Cinders", "Crushed Stone" and "Ore". Capacity: 100000. Weight: 49300. Patented: 9/20/1904, #770305.

   

Subject: Special Gon Car #10678
Location: Unknown
Date: Unknown
Credit: Unknown

Notes: This car looks like it was designed to carry a specific load. The side of the car has "Metal Brake Beams" stenciled on it. It's unknown if they're talking about the car itself, or what it's meant to carry. Capacity: 80,000. Weight: 44,900


Subject: Hopper Car #70403
Location: Unknown
Date: Unknown Credit: Unknown

Notes: This car looks new, so these are most likely build photos. One of the trucks also has the same car number. The side of the trucks read: "Bett. UT726 - Stabilized Truck - EJ&E - AAR 38". Unfortunately, the side view was not available.

   

Subject: Three Bay Covered Hopper Car #3525
Location: Unknown
Date: 1967? Credit: Unknown

Notes: Looks to be a build photo, possibly outside the Pullman facility in PA. Back of photo says: "Pullman Standard, Chicago, IL". Stencils read: Capacity: 197000. Load: 199200. Weight: 63800. Build Date: 8/1967. One of the uses for these cars was the moving of lime to be used in the mills. The loads would come from Buffington and be brought to the "Mill Yard" at Gary.

       

Subject: Three Bay Covered Hopper Car #3504
Location: Unknown
Date: 1966? Credit: Unknown

Notes: This car is the same series as the one above, but weight and load amounts are different. Back of photo says: "Pullman Standard, Chicago, IL". Stencils read: Capacity: 197000. Load: 200600. Weight: 62400. Build Date: 4/1966. Color appears to be gray.

       

Subject: Side/Bottom Dump Coke Hopper Car #73000
Location: East Joliet Yard, IL
Date: 1971? Credit: Unknown

Notes: Even though this car appears used, these look like build photos. Or perhaps, rebuild photos. Note that the reporting marks have new paint under them. This may have been the first of a rebuild program. The prints say: "Built by Greenville Steel Car Co., Greenville, PA". Stencils show: "For Coke Loading Only". Capacity: 140000. Load: 148700. Weight: 71300. Build Date: 2/1971

       

Subject: Two Bay Covered Hopper Car #3085
Location: Unknown
Date: 1946/47? Credit: Unknown

Notes: This is a build photo, with "General American Transportation Corp - Chicago" stamped on it. This car differs slightly from car #3223, lower on the page. Roof ports on this car are square. Stencils read: Capacity: 140000. Load: 161100. Weight: 48900. Build Date: 12/1946.

     

Subject: Side/Bottom Dump Hopper Car #70000
Location: Unknown
Date: 1917? Credit: Unknown

Notes: Judging by the number, this looks to be the first car in a series. Stencils read: "Gran'l Cinders", "Crushed Stone" and "Ore". Capacity: 140000. Cubic Feet: 2533. Weight: 57500. Patented: 9/20/1904, #770306. Built: 10/1917. Info indicates this car was probably built by the Mt. Vernon Car Mfg. Company.

 

Subject: CLS&E Side/Bottom Dump Hopper Car #9601
Location: Unknown
Date: Unknown
Credit: Unknown

Notes: This looks to possibly be a coke hopper, lettered for then EJ&E sister railroad; Chicago, Lake Shore & Eastern Railway. The CLS&E was merged into the EJ&E in 1938. Stencils read: Capacity: 100000. Weight with Racks: 57100. Weight without Racks: 54200.


Subject: Side/Bottom Dump Hopper Car #71700
Location: Unknown
Date: 1923?
Credit: Unknown

Notes: This may be another build photo for the first car in a series. A sign below the car reads: "Built by the Mt. Vernon Car Mfg. Co. - Mt. Vernon, IL". Stencils read: "Gran'l Cinders", "Crushed Stone" and "Ore". Capacity: 140000. Cubic Feet: 2533. Weight: 57500. Patented: 9/20/1904, #770306 and 1/10/1922, #1403323. Built: 8/1923. This car is virtually the same as the #70000 car.


Subject: Un-Numbered Hopper Car (Possibly #70167)
Location: Unknown
Date: Unknown
Credit: Unknown

Notes: Stencils read: Build Date 6/1941. Cubic Feet: 2717. Name of the builder is cut off; "___ Steel Car Co.". Possibly the Ralston Steel Car Co. Builders - Columbus, OH. The car is coupled to #9310, which is some kind of odd gon/hopper.


Subject: Side/Bottom Dump Hopper Car #10934
Location: Unknown
Date: 12/12/1927 Credit: Unknown

Notes: This is yet another side/bottom design, most likely used for coke. The top shot shows the doors open, then the bottom shot shows them closed. The car looks relatively new. Stencils read: Capacity: 80000. Load: 88000. Weight: 44100. Build Date: 5/1927. The backs of the photos have the date: 12/12/1927.

       

Subject: Gon Car #400
Location: Unknown
Date: 1934?
Credit: Unknown

Notes: This was likely the first car in a series. Stencils read: Capacity: 100000. Load: 124900. Weight: 44100. Build Date: 5/1934. Also of note is the car behind it that reads: USCX #2229 - US Coal.


Subject: Side/Bottom Dump Hopper Car #70000 (-2?)
Location: Unknown
Date: 1941? Credit: Unknown

Notes: These look to be build photos for the predecessor to the earlier built #70000 car shown on this page. This again appears to be for coke use. Stencils read: Capacity: 140000. Load: 154900. Weight: 55100. Build Date: 5/1941. The builder appears to be the Ralston Steel Car Co. Builders - Columbus, OH.

       

Subject: Special Gon Car #9524
Location: Unknown
Date: Unknown
Credit: Unknown

Notes: This car is very similar to #10678, shown near the top of the page. Exact use is unknown. Stencils read: Capacity: 180000. Weight: 41600


Subject: Two Bay Covered Hopper Car #3223
Location: Unknown
Date: Unknown
Credit: Unknown

Notes: This covered hopper became one of the more publicly known EJ&E cars. This car series may have been one of the first to receive the large "EJ&E" on the side. The roof ports are round. The car stencils are unreadable.


Subject: Side/Bottom Dump Hopper Car #18351
Location: Unknown
Date: Unknown
Credit: Unknown

Notes: This car appears to be new or rebuilt. Stencils read: "Gran'l Cinders", "Crushed Stone" and "Ore". Capacity: 100000. Weight: 49300. Patented: 9/20/1904, #770306. This car may have been used for cooke, but also possibly used for ballast.


Subject: Two Bay Hopper Car #3375 Being Re-Stenciled
Location: East Joliet Yard, IL
Date: Unknown
Credit: Unknown

Notes: Workers are applying markings similar to car #3223 shown above. The markings are in slightly different locations though. Car color is gray. The building behind the car was the Joliet Power House.


Subject: Numerous Two Bay Covered Hoppers Cars
Location: East Joliet Yard, IL
Date: Unknown
Credit: Unknown

Notes: Most likely taken at the same time as the shot above. Listed from left to right, this photo shows cars: unknown, 3329, 3396, 3295 and 3309. The building behind the cars was the Blacksmith Shop, and the building behind that is the Locomotive Shop. One customer these were used for, was HB Reed at Ivanhoe. They moved a black, granule, abrasive material in them.


Subject: Side/Bottom Dump Hopper Car #70988
Location: Unknown
Date: 1953
Credit: Unknown

Notes: Another coke car build photo. Stencils read: Capacity: 140000. Load: 150500. Weight: 59500. Build Date: 2/1953. The "Pull MCI" is Pullman Standard, Michigan City IN. Note that this car has the newer, more fancy "Outer Belt" logo.


Subject: Three Bay Bottom Dump Hopper Car #76035
Location: Unknown
Date: 1975?
Credit: Unknown

Notes: Looks to be a build photo, possibly outside the Pullman facility in PA. Stencils read: Capacity: 204000. Load: 204600. Weight: 58400. Build Date: 12/1975. Built by Pullman Standard - Butler, PA.


Subject: CLS&E Two Bay Hopper Car #9159
Location: Unknown
Date: Unknown
Credit: Unknown

Notes: Lettered for EJ&E sister railroad; Chicago, Lake Shore & Eastern Railway. This is an old car. No data stencils are showing. On the top right is stenciled: "Designed and Built by Pressed Steel Car Co. - Pittsburg". The back of the photo says: "CLS&E 9000 Series, Center Dump Hopper".


Subject: Two Bay Hopper Car #41400
Location: Unknown
Date: 1940? Credit: Unknown

Notes: Looks to be a build photo for a series. Stencils read: Capacity: 100000. Load: 129700. Weight: 39300. Build Date: 4/1940. Builder: The Ralston Steel Car Co. Builders - Columbus, OH. Back of the photo reads: "41000 Series Center Dump".

       

Subject: Numerous Two Bay Hopper Cars Receive Paint
Location: Unknown
Date: Unknown
Credit: Unknown

Notes: This photo may have been taken at the same time as the other photos on this page showing two bay hoppers being stenciled.


Subject: Special Enclosed Coil Carrying Car? #3801
Location: Unknown
Date: Early 1960's?
Credit: Unknown

Notes: This appears to be a final finished version of a car that is described further below. However, no opening points can be seen on the boxes, so it's not 100% confirmed that it was for coils. The boxes look to be painted orange.


Subject: US Steel Load Retarder
Location: Unknown
Date: 6/1960?
Credit: Unknown

Notes: A corresponding doc dated 6/13/60 from the USS PR Dept. explains in great detail what this does, but the abbreviated version is: They stick the metal strap through the corrugated parts, then clamp it down. This device could apparently be used on flat car floors to hold loads with bands.


Subject: Special Coil Transportation System
Location: USS Gary Works, Gary, IN (?)
Date: 6/1960? Credit: Unknown

Notes: This series of shots seems to be documenting an innovative way to transport coils that need extra protection. One container shows #8859. A corresponding doc dated 6/13/60 from the USS PR Dept. reads: "Pushed back to the loading position, US Steel's hinged tin plate coil cover permits easy access for positioning the load. Covers are designed for use with standard 70 ton cars, mounted one on each end. The center portion is left open for forklift tractors. Tests of the covers on cars, involving both local and distance hauls, have been so successful, that 25 more have been scheduled for construction".


Subject: USS Load Using Special Coil Transportation System
Location: USS Gary Works, Gary, IN
Date: 2/12/1960 Credit: Unknown

Notes: This appears to be documentation of them sending a load out, using the same system as above. This one looks a little more rough though. Info included reads: "Gary Sheet & Tin Mill coils to Continental Can Co. #72 (PGH., PA) Loaded and shipped 2/12/1960. Car EJ&E #6859".


Subject: Angled Hood Coil Car #7135
Location: Unknown
Date: 1969?
Credit: Unknown

Notes: This photo was probably a build shot. Unlike the car below, this one did not have the extra black blocks behind the text on the hoods. Stencils read: Capacity: 195000. Load: 200300. Weight: 62700. Build date: 4/1969. Length: 48'


Subject: Angled Hood Coil Car #7033 (Color)
Location: Unknown
Date: 1968?
Credit: Unknown

Notes: This looks to be a build photo. The car appears to have been posed for the photo. Notice the black text blocks on the hoods in this paint scheme. Judging by the slightly newer car above, this feature was probably dropped on the next batch. Stencils read: Capacity: 198000. Load: 198700. Weight: 64300. Build Date: 5/1968. Builder: Evans.


Subject: Angled Hood Coil Car #7033 (Black & White)
Location: Unknown
Date: Unknown Credit: Unknown

Notes: This shot looks to have been taken at the same time as the color photo above. The second shot is a rare view of how the insides looked when new, with wood on both sides. You can see other new cars lined up in the background.

       

Subject: End Shot of Angled Hood Coil Car #7040
Location: Unknown
Date: Unknown
Credit: Unknown

Notes: This shot was probably taken around the same time as the shots of #7033 above.


Subject: 40' Steel Box Car #60899
Location: Unknown
Date: Early 1940's?
Credit: Unknown

Notes: There's a sign below the car that reads: "Built by the Mt. Vernon Car Mfg. Co. - Mt. Vernon, IL". The same is stenciled on the car side. Build date on the car side is: "6-1941".


Subject: EJ&E Employees Working on Cars
Location: Kirk Yard - Gary, IN?
Date: Unknown Credit: Unknown

Notes: These very old photos show workers adding sides to cars outdoors. Some buildings can be made out in the background, but it's difficult to tell exactly where the location is. This location may be an area at Kirk that was called "The Rip". Also, notice in the third shot, a rare catch of a wooden J Box, #50382.

   

Subject: Patched Rock Island Two Bay Hopper Car to EJ&E #631087
Location: Unknown
Date: Unknown
Credit: Unknown

Notes: This shot was taken around the same time that the EJ&E ran it's test train on the Rock. As you can see, they kept the original Rock car number. Stencils read: Capacity: 190000. Load: 202000. Weight: 61000. Build Date: 6/1978. Build logo appears to be Pullman Standard.


Subject: Angled Coil Car Hoods
Location: East Joliet Yard, IL
Date: Unknown
Credit: Unknown

Notes: Pictured sitting along the side of the Locomotive Shop. They look to have been recently painted.



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