This past week interchange partner the Atlantic Pacific Rail Road (known here as the A.P.R.R. with eporting marks AP) purchased a quantity of used cylindrical covered hoppers from the A.T.S.F. One of the newly purchased hoppers was located on a siding awaiting loading at the Empire City Cargill Grain Elevator. An alert N.Y.C.T.L. engineer spotted the car and notified the Terminal Yard Train Master. The train master knowing it was a three day weekend in observance of Memorial Day noted the following three things;
1. Workers at the N.Y.C.T.L. Paint Shop were off duty.
2. A.P.R.R. CEO Sir Neal M would gladly pay the holiday wages to have the car lettered and numbered for the A.P.R.R.
3. The Cargill Grain Elevator was also closed for the day.
A plan was then put in place to have the empty covered hopper brought into the Terminal Yard Paint Shop where it would be repainted and then spotted back in place on the siding near the Cargill Grain Elevator. The Paint Shop foreman contacted a few volunteers who agreed to report in and take care of the needed painting and lettering.