BA&P Ore Car - Anaconda, MT
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member T0SHEA
N 46° 07.742 W 112° 56.958
12T E 349413 N 5110231
Quick Description: This ore car is now a part of the railway display at the Anaconda Chamber of Commerce on East Park Avenue in Anaconda. At the front is a large passenger car while at the rear are several freight and ore cars.
Location: Montana, United States
Date Posted: 10/8/2014 3:40:24 PM
Waymark Code: WMMMDA
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member ucdvicky
Views: 1

Long Description:
Beginning operations in 1893, the Butte, Anaconda & Pacific Railway (BA&P) began to electrify much of its system in 1912. Never a very large railway, at its peak it had 135 miles of track, 75 of which were electrified. Though it was a common carrier, hauling passengers and freight, its sole reason for being was to haul copper ore from the mines at Butte to the smelter at Anaconda. The railway was a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anaconda Copper Mining Company, which, incidentally, owned pretty much everything else in Anaconda, as well.

The mainline, 27.5 miles of track between Butte and Anaconda, would have seen tens of thousands of these ore cars, loaded with copper ore, pass along its tracks. At one time the railway owned hundreds of these cars which ran back and forth endlessly between the mines and the smelter. This is an example of an earlier ore hauling car. Later ones, such as the car adjacent to this one, were capable of hauling substantially larger loads. They were both hopper cars, emptied from the bottom.

Hopper Car

Type of train car: freight car

Location: Anaconda Visitor Centre

Price (In local currency): 0

Interaction allowed: yes

Visiting hours: From: 8:00 AM To: 10:00 PM

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