Hoppers are the most plentiful type of car on
Chessie. You can run trains of nothing but hoppers and be
prototypically correct. These "Unit" trains as they are
called make up between 10 and 20% of trains on the East End.
West Virginia coal mines were the primary source of coal for major
eastern cities in the 1970's and 80's. This coal got there
by running over the East End. A typical Chessie coal train
would have several different sized hoppers, each size being seen
in either the predecessor or Chessie paint. Bowser makes the
best 100 ton hopper and Stewert makes an excellent 70 ton
hopper. Below are links to pics of my hoppers.
Also, there are several pics of hoppers with the
plastic "hopper topper" on them. These are very
characteristic of Chessie. Only Chessie and Conrail had them
that I know of. Conrails were white, so the yellow ones
scream Chessie. These cars were used to quickly increase the
number of covered hoppers that Chessie had during the fall
Finally, there is a pic of a XXX "moonshine"
hopper. These older hoppers were restricted to just their
home rails. The large XXX was painted to let the crews know
not to interchange these cars with another railroad. Hoppers
in the predecessor paint jobs and Chessie paint could be seen with
the XXX. Use a pic to do one correctly. They also had