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Not Bluefield, but Sandusky was primarily handling Lake coal. There was a
plant there that manufactured Ford parts. Rather than take the car to Bellevue,
the parts cars were handled in hopper trains to Portsmouth, then transferred
to No. 86.
About Bluefield -- it wasn't unusual to see No. 4 handling a hy-cube car at the
end of the train. This could be identified as a Ford "shut-down" car. Ford
scheduled cars to arrive at the Norfolk assembly plant "just-in-time". It wasn't
unusual for parts spotted early in the morning to be on the assembly line the
same afternoon. So if a car was bad-ordered en route, for example, it would be
forwarded from Portsmouth on No. 4 in an attempt to keep the plant running.
If that failed, Ford would fly the parts to Norfolk.
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