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berwind 85042254Berwind Corporation (also known as Berwind-White Coal Mining Company) is a large privately held American corporation historically involved in the coal industry.

The Company was first formed as a partnership of Edward Julius Berwind, Charles Berwind, and Congressman Allison White and upon White's death became known as Berwind White Company in 1886. The company was one of the largest producers of coal at the turn of the twentieth century and created several towns in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, including Windber, Pennsylvania and Berwind, West Virginia, both of which were named after the company.

 

Freight Equipment

In 1950, 75 GLC-class hopper equivalents, classed as GLH, were purchased by the PRR.
In 1964, nearly 1,500 Berwind GLA-class hoppers would be transferred to the PRR. The reporting mark would change from BWCX to BWC.

1954 Freight Roster

AAR Description Road Numbers Class Qty. Notes
TM Tank, 8,000 gallon 101   1  
  Transformer Car 501   1  
HM Hopper, Steel, 50 ton 1501-1900 GLA 379

1601-1900 built 1911 by Cambria Steel.

1501-1600 built 1913 by Cambria Steel.

HM Hopper, Steel, 50 ton 2001-3000 GL 76

Built 1902 by Pressed Steel Car Co. Purchased from the PRR sometime after July 1902.

Some 2001-3000 rebuilt 1946 by Berwind shops from old GL bodies and new underframes.

GLCA 47
GL2 254
HM Hopper, Steel, 50 ton 3351-4980 GLA 1534

4001-4800 built 1905 by Cambria Steel.

3751-4000 built 1908 by Cambria Steel.

3451-3750 built 1909 by Cambria Steel.

3351-3450 built 1913 by Cambria Steel.

HM Hopper, Steel, 50 ton 4875 GL3 1

Rebuilt 1949 & 1953 by Berwind shops using bodies from GLA hoppers and new underframes.

HM Hopper, Steel, 50 ton 4981-5000 GL 1

Built as class GL, 1981-2000, renumbered in 1914. Believed built in 1902 by Pressed Steel Car Co.

Some 4981-5000 rebuilt 1949 & 1951 by Berwind shops from old GL bodies and new underframes.

GLCA 1
GL2 4
HM Hopper, Steel, 50 ton 5000-5160 BW1 160 Built 1940-41 by Berwind shops.
HM Hopper, Steel, 50 ton 5161-5190 GL3 30 Rebuilt 1949 & 1953 by Berwind shops using bodies from GLA hoppers and new underframes. Car numbers 5161-5190 were lettered as "built 12/53."

Scale Models

Hopper -- Bowser offers a class GLA Berwind hopper. Part numbers change as new runs are produced. They have offered both kit and ready-to-run.

Hopper -- Funaro & Camerlengo offer a class BW-1 Berwind hopper, kit #6740.

Hopper -- Westerfield Models offers the original GL, kit #2302, the GLA, kit #5752, the GLC, kit #2352, and the GLCA, kit #2362.

Decals -- Mount Vernon Shops offers Berwind decals.

Further Reading

Burg, Richard, "When Empty Return to Windber P.R.R.", The Keystone, Vol. 19, No. 3, Autumn 1986. The Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society.

Berwind Corporation - Official web site.