Larry G wrote:
March 31, 2010...The final hoppers of sand, soda, and limestone have been unloaded in the underground bunkers at the OI plant and await pickup by CN. Production in the plant ends Th morning, April 1, with the furnace being shut down next week. Here are some views of the 3 tracks inside the plant grounds. Two tracks fed raw materials into the plant and at one time the other siding ran inside the plant for finished glass bottles. Currently the plant was using about 3.5 cars a day of raw materials brought in by CN. Now the empty hoppers await pick-up by the CN local and an era will come to an end. Shuttlewagon has moved its last hoppers at this plant.
Hi all. This is my first post, so let me start by thanking all of you for the great information you post, I’ve learned a lot. I model the GTW in the early 90’s and am planning a layout that includes Charlotte.
Larry, thanks so much for posting the pictures of the O-I plant, they are incredibly helpful! I don’t know how long you’ve been railfanning in Charlotte, but I am looking for information on the O-I plant operations in the 90’s. Specifically, what types and road names of hoppers were common then? Have you ever seen any of the D&TS 2-bay hoppers delivering sand?
Any information anyone can provide is greatly appreciated!