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August 21st, 2012.


An experminent in Standardization is a phrase once used to describe the formation of the United States Railroad Administration commonly refered to as the "USRA". Born out of grid lock and congestion of railroads at the time of the 1st world war, President Woodrow Wilson announced the take over of the railroads by the USRA. Then secretary of the treasury, WIlliam G. McAdoo was appointed director General of Railroads.

This project, the USRA design 70 ton open top hopper is a car that wasn't produced under the USRA time of control, however The C&O, New York Central and Virginian Railroads adopted the design and had cars built by Standard Steel shops in Butler PA between 1922 and 1927.

prototype photo courtesy of Phil Shuster

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