Re: Why did this L&N car that it needed a huge fishbelly frame?
Dennis brings up a very good point. In many cases of gondolas with clamshell unloading doors, not all of the load was cleared. A decent amount of material still needed to be shoveled into the open area on the car floor to be unloaded. Labor was pretty cheap but as those costs rose, the self-clearing cars became more popular.
I can zoom in 250% on these images and see details decently. I don’t see anything above the trucks that would suggest a slope sheet. Note the rivet pattern at the center of the center sill outlines possible center slope sheets between the hoppers.
Are those poling pockets on the end of the car bolsters?
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Subject: RE: [STMFC] Why did this L&N car that it needed a huge fishbelly frame?
Here's a great side view of that L&N coal gondola with the