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Boxcars: Below are two more Dean Heacock pictures.  The first is a rare 40' boxcar in Chessie colors.  The second is the typical Chessie 50' box car.  This one carries the WM reporting marks.  The third picture is a C&O Railbox boxcar.

Covered Hoppers: Below are two pics of the type of rib sided (Pullman Standard type) small hopper you may see today.  These pics were all taken this year by John Whitmore.  Be on the lookout for those cats, they are still out there.

The first pic is a John Whitmore pic of a C&O small PS style covered hopper, also taken this year.  The second is a large ACF type hopper in the typical Chessie covered hopper scheme.  The blue stripe that runs along the bottom was left off on some of the repainted cars, so you may see an all yellow one.  This is a Dean Heacock pic.

Below are two more covered hoppers.  The first is the small ACF type that is so characteristic of Chessie.  Chessie basically owned everyone of these in the US.  They were used regularly on the East End for the Berkley Springs Industrial area.  The second is a more rare cylindrical hopper.  Atlas makes a fantastic model of this car.  Both are Dean Heacock pics.

Hoppers:  Below is a picture of a B&O hopper.  This pic was taken in Sep 2000, and is still in the predecessor B&O paint!  This car hasn't been painted in at least 28 years!  The original number was 64486 but when it went into Maintenance of Way service (see the MW to the right of the number) CSX just renumbered it by adding the "9".  Note how bright white the "9" is compared to the other markings.  This picture was taken by me.  The second pic is of a Chessie 100 ton hopper with a "Hopper Topper" on it.  These yellow lids are very characteristic of Chessie.  I have modeled 6 like these cars.  Any Chessie model railroad needs some.  The second one is a Dean Heacock pic.

Below is a very typical Chessie covered hopper paint job.  The second pic is a "Moonshine" car.  Called so, because of the "XXX" on the sides.  These cars are restricted in their service and can not be interchanged with another railroad.  I have modeled one and need some more.  They sure do break up the monotony of a string of similar looking hoppers.  These are both Dean's pics.

Coil Cars:  Below is another Dean Heacock pic.  This is typical of a Chessie coil car.  One hood is painted yellow, one blue.  One is rusty, one isn't.  The car just off the frame to the right is also a Chessie car, but the first hood is an Illinois Central hood.  Also the car on the left show the "C&O" markings at the end of all Chessie hoods.

Reefers: Below is a pic of a Western Maryland Chessie System Reefer.  Notice the blue ends and yellow sides.  This one is another Dean Heacock pic.

Flat Cars: Below is another Dean pic.  Here a mini-crane is riding a typical Chessie flat car.  This pic is good since it shows that just about anything can ride on a flat car.

Auto Racks:
One shot says it all when it comes to Chessie auto racks.  They all basically look the same.  This one is enclosed on the sides but has no top.  Some do have a roof.  Notice the call letters on this car are actually CTTX.  The flat car portion is owned by CTTX and the top is owned by B&O.  The bottom is always yellow since that is CTTX's color, but the top may be whatever the owner of the top wants.  Some other railroads paint theirs green, red, or blue, to name a few.

TOFC: Below are two more of Dean's pics.  The first is a typical Chessie trailer.  The Chessie lettered their trailers with the letters B&OZ, C&OZ, and BOZ.  These can be seen over the Chessie logo.  The predecessor roads also had their own paint jobs.  See my models of the C&O predeccessor paint scheme.  The second pic is how TOFC works.  A flat car is pulled in and a crane lifts the trailer onto it.  Here a Chessie B&O switcher is moving the cars.  There are no TOFC facilities like this on the East End, but the TOFC unit trains did pass over it daily.

Gondolas:  Two more of Dean's pics.  The first is a B&O Railgon gondola.  Much like the Railbox boxcars the C&O bought.  B&O bought some gondolas secondhand from the Railgon.  Actually C&O did too, and those look identical to this pic.  This scrap metal load is common for a gondola.  The normal Chessie B&O paint job for a gondola is shown on the second pic.  This gondola is actually carrying a hopper!  I told you gondolas were like dump trucks, they carry anything.

MofW: Below are two Dean Heacock pics of Maintenance of Way cars.  The first is a green C&O MofW box car.  Green is the color of most MofW equipment for Chessie.  These cars are used for all sorts of maintenance tasks around the system.  The second is a green Chessie flat car.  MofW equipment either had a 900000 series number, like the box car, or a "X" number like the flat car.

Below is another Dean pic.  This is of the red B&O MofW equipment.  The B&O painted some of their equipment this color before the advent of Chessie, and some of it was painted into unique red and white Chessie schemes like this gondola.  Notice it is stenciled for wheel loading only.  This mens wheels like those in the back left of the picture are the only thing to go in this car.

Safety Cars: Below are two more of Dean's pics.  The first is a mobile Safety Center used to tranport the Safety message to anyone on the system.  Chessie took safety very seriously and the green cross on the railroad tracks logo was seen everywhere.  The second pic is a smaller version of the traveling safety center.

Passenger Cars: Below are two more Dean pics.  These are of Chessie passenger cars.  Chessie did not run any regular passenger service.  Amtrak did all passenger service.  Chessie had these cars left over from the days when the C&O, B&O, and WM ran passengers.  They were converted and used for track geometry and executive transport.  Demonstrated here are the two main schemes you would see.  I don't know alot about the Chessie passenger cars since they are such an anomoly.

Misc: Here are two more Dean pics.  They are of Scale Test Cars.  To charge someone for a load you need to know how much it weighs.  There are scales all over the system that weigh cars as they run over them.  There is one in Green Spring on the East End.  To test these scales for calibration Chessie runs one of these cars over the scale and sees if the scale needs adjusting.  The B&O and WM had ones that look like the left pic, the C&O like the one on the right.  They both served the same purpose.

CSX Cars:  Below is a pic of what you may see today.  This car has been renumbered into CSX letters, but still wears the Chessie cat logo.  This is very common, much more so then seeing them still in their C&O or B&O lettering.  I think all WM lettered cars are gone now.  It is a picture of mine and was taken in Nashville.

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