For those who are passionate about freight cars, it is interesting what may cross one's path.

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Union Pacific #903719 is a Pullman-Standard 2100 Covered Hopper which was built in May 1959. On March 22, 2011, it descends with train outside of Helper, Utah. The car's right side and A-end haven't escaped the taggers, but the left side is still clean in the silver paint--applied in June of 1984. At fifty two years old, this car may have once been under the command of almost any of Union Pacific's "Classic" diesels--including F3s, F7s, U25Bs and the like. Having outlasted them and most other cars of its era, the 903719 plies onward in company service on former Rio Grande rails.

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Santa Fe #312426 was painted by Pullman-Standard's Butler, PA. shops on May, 17, 1971. In those 40 years, it survives in original paint and otherwise remarkable condition--with the other side of being just as clean. On March 23, 2011, the car was being reclassified in Provo, Utah. It is difficult to assess how many ATSF PS-2CD 4427s are in service in this condition. My thoughts are that there are very few.

Happy railroading!