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WP 11509

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WP 11509

50 foot, 3 bay steel PS-2 type covered hopper

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BuilderPullman Standard
BuiltFebruary 1958
Operating weight60,900 lbs. (empty)
Acquisition Donated by Union Pacific in 1984

Audio Transcript:
The WP 11509 is a hopper car that is a good example of the first type of covered hopper cars used by the railroad, a lot different to the styles we see today. Western Pacific covered hopper car 11509, series 11501-11510, was built by Pullman Standard in February 1958. This old gray car was the first type of large capacity covered hopper owned by WP.

It is a 50 foot, 3 bay steel PS-2 type covered hopper that was used for potash and phosphate service. It has a capacity of 2,893 cubic feet and a maximum load of 140,000 lbs.

It was donated by Union Pacific in 1984.