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The H32 was a five-bay covered hopper. These cars are generally thought of as cement cars, they hauled many different commodities, some more dense and some less dense than cement. The general lading for these cars, in order of increasing density, included pulverized coal, soda ash (anhydrous sodium carbonate, used for industrial cleaning and chemical or soap production), lime (calcium oxide, used in making cement and mortar), cement, sand, sodium nitrate (saltpeter, used in fertilizers, explosives, and various chemical processes), feldspar (crystalline mineral mainly of aluminum silicates, used in metal alloys), and dolomite (mineral consisting of magnesium and calcium carbonates, used in the chemical and steel industries)

Cars on the PRR roster (as listed in the Official Railway Equipment Register (ORER)):

Class Car Number AAR Class PRR Oct 44 PRR Oct 48 PRR Apr 52 PRR Oct 53 PRR Oct 58 PRR Oct 63 PRR Apr 68
H32 253500 253799 LO - 37 300 300 300 299 236
Roster data compiled by Rich Orr. From


Types of trucks used

Class Car Numbers Truck Class Truck Name Qty cars:
H32 253500 253799 2E-F22A A.S.F. Ride control type A-3 300
Truck data is from PRR documents circa 1940's. Other truck classes may also have been used. From


H32 253530

The H32 has been offered in brass from Overland; in plastic from Broadway Limited Imports; and as a resin kit by Funaro & Camerlengo. Decals are available from Mount Vernon Shops.

s l1600The Broadway Limited H32 hopper.

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The Funaro & Camerlengo H32 hopper.