Re: Reading USRA Gondola Load

Richard Townsend


Not a bad idea. But I suspect those containers didn't wander too far from the home rails. Would that be right? My model railroad is set in Colorado, so the load had to be something that would be transported a long distance.

Richard Townsend
Lincoln City, Oregon

-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Houle <>
To: STMFC <>
Sent: Sun, Jan 1, 2012 9:29 am
Subject: RE: [STMFC] Reading USRA Gondola Load

I have a photo of Reading USRA gon 23019 loaded with Reading steel containers. I can send it you and anyone else that is interested. I'm thinking Walthers at one time or another sold these containers for use in their USRA gons.
Tom Houle

On Jan 1, 2012, at 11:34 AM, wrote:

I have a Walthers USRA gondola painted and lettered for the Reading
RR. I'm trying to come up with a suitable and interesting load for it.
My research on Reading, PA disclosed that the city is or was known for
anthracite coal and for pretzels. I don't like the idea of a coal
load, and while I am confident I could fashion HO scale pretzels from
thin wire, I don't think a load of pretzels would be very realistic.
So I am asking the collective brain of this list for suggestions on
what to load in this car. Anyone?

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