Just a thought for possible future preservation: though heavily rebuilt with new inserts to its original body panels, the 65000 might make a nice preservation 'target', when retired. One side and end could be restored in the original red, white and blue Bi-Centennial colors, and the opposite end and side could be painted the familiar black with white markings, complete with correct retro. Bessemer logo. I know, we need to think about the still-surviving SD7 #454, some F7 As & Bs, a '38 and maybe even a TM. The hopper just seems more 'doable'.
Too bad 65000 is a Pullman Standard graduate from Bessemer, AL. Had it instead been built at Greenville Steel Car, it might have made a nice display for the former GSC site here in Greenville (whenever that is redeveloped), as was done with a restored MILWAUKEE ROAD covered hopped at the former Pullman site down in Butler. Of course, that GSC lot (B&LE #65550-66149) was built in November, 1977, after the Bi-Centennial...
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