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Old 02-21-2012, 02:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I wish I could take credit for these, but kudos go to some businesspeople at La Junta, CO. I was on the Southwest Chief a few weeks ago. During a crew change at La Junta, I finally got a decent photo of this clever "re-purposing" fo a caboose.

This drive-up is right across the street from the LaJunta station. It's taken me a few trips over the years to get a reasonable photo - I'm not a very good photographer. But I think I got enough to give you the idea.

Then I crossed the street back to the station and noticed something strange a block up the street, same side as the drive-up. Always afraid that the train will pull out without me, I hustled myself up to this spot and took a couple quickies. It's about 8:30 AM and I had to shoot into the sun, so it's not the best shot.

Yeah, I had to rub my eyes to actually believe I was seeing an old hopper car up on blocks. I don't see anything to indicate (to me) whether they're storing fertilizer, seed, grain or whatever. Maybe someone can see some clues in the photo. ("...eds" = seeds?)

And people wonder why I travel by train.


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Old 02-21-2012, 07:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Cars on blocks, ........ Rednecks everywhere
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In all probability this hopper on blocks stores feed products or ingredients like soybean meal. This is a feed mill and Cargill (among other agricultural businesses) is involved in feed manufacturing.

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Nice finds.

A little sad to see the classic Santa Fe caboose #999602 cut up like that. But at least it is in use.
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:53 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Cool pics, Jack. Thanks for posting them.

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