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RDG 78712 - Class LOs

The 100 cars of class LOs were the last covered hoppers to be built by Reading in 1970 as part of series 78650-78749. A check of the NS roster in March, 2009, revealed this car to be one of only a handful still surviving with complete Reading reporting marks.

August 1996, Temple, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser, Photographer

RDG 78712

CR 884515 - Class CR13A (ex-RDG 78721 - Class LOs)

Conrail reclassed the LOs covered hoppers as CR13A. This is an example of how Conrail's numbering plan was not always strictly followed. The 1976 list shows this Conrail number was assigned to a former New York Central car!

July 1996, Depew, NY
Photo credit: Josh Musser, Photographer

CR 884515

RDG 78773 - Class LOr

RDG 78773 is a representative of class LOr, which included 150 cars numbered 78750-78899. This car was photographed at the former Pennsylvania Railroad Enola Yard near Harrisburg, Pa.

Enola, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser, Photographer

RDG 78773

RDG 78907 - Class LOn

A view of RDG 78907 outside the Reading Car Shops shows the "Buy U.S. Savings Bonds - Take Stock in America" logo. This logo survived on several covered hoppers well into the Conrail era.

Date unknown, Reading, PA
Photo credit: Collection of Josh Musser

RDG 78907

RDG 78959 - Class LOn

RDG 78959 is one of 100 members of class LOn built in 1968, numbered 78900-78999. It is viewed at the "Repair In Place" or "RIP" track at the north end of the Reading, Pa. yard in 1989.

1990, Reading, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser, Photographer

RDG 78959

RDG 78992 - Class LOn

Date unknown, Reading, PA
Photo credit: Collection of Josh Musser

RDG 78992

RDG 79162 - Class LOh

The LOh class of twin covered hoppers were rebuilt from class HTr standard coal hoppers. There were 36 in this class numbered 79134-79169.

Location unknown
Photo credit: Collection of Josh Musser

RDG 79162

HFC 10 - Class LOc (ex-RDG 79262)

Following its career on the Reading as 79262, this car was sold to chocolate maker Hershey Foods and was renumbered HFC 10. Since Hershey was a non-railroad car owner, the reporting marks should have ended with the letter "X" however this was not the case. This car was originally a four-bay open-top coal hopper that was rebuilt and shortened into a covered hopper in August, 1941. Class LOc consisted of 50 cars numbered 79250-79299 and were retired by Reading in the early 1970's. RDG 79262 has been preserved and is currently in the collection of the Reading Railroad Museum in Hamburg, Pa.

Temple, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser, Photographer

HFC 10

RDG 79262 - Class LOc

Here is another view of RDG 79262, having been repainted and partially lettered by the Reading Company Technical and Historical Society.

June 20, 2009, Temple, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser, Photographer

RDG 79262

RDG 79689 - Class LOg

RDG 79689 is about one year old in this photo, as it was built in March 1957. Class LOg consisted of 250 cars built in 1956-57 by American Car and Foundry.

March 22, 1957, location unknown
Photo credit: Reading Company photo, Collection of Josh Musser

RDG 79689

RDG 79926 - Class LOl

This Center Flow® was built in May 1966 by American Car and Foundry. There were 77 such cars in Class LOl.

Date unknown, Reading, PA
Photo credit: Collection of Josh Musser

RDG 79926