Lackawanna Terminal Railway Covered Hoppers
 
(Car painted by Joe Kopin)

This 23000 series covered hopper is committed to grain service between grain elevators located in the mid-west and Amalgamated Processed Foods Corporation in Atlanta, New York. The APF Corporations slogan is "The are no natural ingredients in any of our products" so it is of little wonder that the "grain" shipped in these cars looks like and has the texture of plastic pellets. It also has the accounting department wondering if the Amalgamated Processed Foods Corporation is not trying to get over on the railroad by shipping processed plastic pellets at a rate more appropriate to grain products. A comment from an unnamed source within the APF Corporations quality assurance department that plastic has a far greater shelf life than natural grains leads us to the conclusion that our suspicions may be spot on concerning the main ingredient in their world famous puffed cheese flavored food products.

 
(Car painted by Joe Kopin)

Westbound local BX-15 has arrived in East Buffalo yard having picked up covered hopper LT 22110empty at Amalgamated Processed Foods earlier in the day. The long distance local BX-15 originated in Binghamton, New York serving customers as needed as it works its way west to Buffalo. This train can sometimes grow to over 100 cars depending on the needs of the on-line customers and is often dispatched with three or more engines.

 
(Car painted by Joe Kopin)

Car 23109 exemplifies a series of freight cars used in chemical service between the National Chemical and Refining Company, located in DePew, New York,  and its shippers and customers. Many commodities are carried in these cars which are used by the National Chemical and Refining Company to manufacture a large variety of highly toxic products which are hazardous to all forms of life on earth but are essential for the country's growing economy. Since the National Chemical and Refining Company is also a core customer, critical to the railroad's survival in an industry full of corporate vultures ready to take advantage of the slightest hint of frailty, the Lackawanna Terminal Railway has leased a fleet of 100 of these cars in support of one of its most vital customers.

 
(Car painted by Joe Kopin)

Another Lackawanna Terminal Railway hopper car in yet another lettering pattern. Railfans are beginning to wonder if the LT might have hired the guy in charge of the Lehigh Valley's locomotive paint shop so diverse are the lettering schemes found on the Lackawanna Terminal Railway's rolling stock. This car will be found spotted at the Amalgamated Processed Foods Corporation, LLC facility in Atlanta, New York where the plasticized grain will be unloaded and used in their food products known for their seriously long shelf life.

 
(Car painted by Joe Kopin, decal supplied by Prime Mover Model Railroad Decals)

Sulfex Chemical Company, a division of Lucent Technologies, LLC., is a major customer of the Lackawanna Terminal Railway. This company, located in Groveland, New York, is a newly constructed coal modification plant which increases the BTU value of coal while eliminating much of the sulfur content (using new and highly sophisticated technology) has been built in conjunction with the New York Power Authority's mini-electric generating plant and accounts for several coal trains a week. This process is necessary for power plants on the east coast to comply with the strict pollution regulations now in effect and has become a large money maker for the railroad.
This privately owned series of hopper cars is used to transport bulk powdered sulfur, a byproduct of the sulfur elimination process, between Sulfex and the National Chemical and Refining complex in DePew, New York where it will be processed into the bright orange cheese flavored coating used in America's favorite cheese flavored puffed corn product manufactured by Amalgamated Processed Foods also a Lackawanna Terminal railway customer located in Atlanta, New York. The purchase of a small fleet of these cars was funded, in part, by the Lackawanna Terminal Railway's "Cash for Customers" program with good results for all concerned.

 
(Car painted by Joe Kopin)

Taking advantage of a large group of covered hoppers coming off of a lease to the Delaware and Hudson, the Lackawanna Terminal Railway picked up a fleet of 179 cars to pool with other railroads in grain service. When their service life is up the Lackawanna Terminal Railway has plans to rebuild these cars as portable chicken coops with built-in conveyer belts for feeding the chicken from a storage bin built into the middle of the car to maintain proper balance when being transported in a train.

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