Woodchips from Canada

Prior to the mid-’60s, the International Paper plant in North Tonawanda received logs by ship from Canada to make paper. The plant was converted to receive and stockpile woodchips by rail, and the bulk of the chips came off the CN at Niagara Falls. I’m planning to build some CN woodchip cars made from repurposed boxcars at some point in the future, but until I do, I’m relying on a small fleet of unconverted CN 10’0″ boxcars. These cars still have their roofs intact, which was, apparently, a prototypical practice. The chips would be blown in like grain, and vacuumed out of the cars at the plant.

PC 9633, a frequent resident of North Tonawanda yard, shoves a cut of boxcars into the wood yard to be emptied.



An example of the kind of CN car I’d like to eventually build for woodchip service. From Canadian Freight Car Gallery.



Another example of a CN woodchip gondola, this one with steel ends. From Canadian Freight Car Gallery.


  1. Hey Hunter, nice! I love the idea of wooden cars in the”modern” time frame. The cars would make an interesting build I would think.
    Best, Scott


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