Railway Coal Car

Railway Coal Car Maximum Cards

Stock #: 235581
Type: Postcard
Era: Continental Chrome
Publisher: Maximum Card Collection
Postmark: 1988 Jul-19
PM City: Pittsburgh
PM State: PA
Stamp: Two-13.2
Philatelic Notes: Coal Car Bulk Rate
Size: 4" x 5.75" (10.25 x 15 cm)

Additional Details:
First Day of Issue: July 19, 1988; First Issue Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The worlds' first modern railway, the Stockton & Darlington, was opened in 1825 to link England's South Durham coalfield with the sea. And, though the coal car has never achieved the acclaim of the passenger car or express mail car, it was once the second largest class of cars owned by the railroads, with only the boxcar more commonplace. The coal car shown on this Maximum Card is a five-ton wooden hopper car, built at the Elizabethport Shops in 1876. Thousands of these small coal cars - affectionately known as "jimmies" - were once used to carry coal from mines to market. Jimmies were not very fancy - many had no brakes, and their couplings consisted of three iron links attached to a hook. But, in America, trains of 100 or more of these hopper cars were common for many years. For coal was the cargo and fuel around which America's railroads were built. The gradual increase of coal car capacity - from loads of less than a ton in the early days, to more than fifty tons today - charts the progress of the railroads, and of heavy industry as well