Re: Northern Pacific gondola pics please


rdgbuff56
 

Thanks to everyone who replied.  I was going to use a ribbed side car, sand down sides and just add a new roof.

Since there is no 60' DP roof available, the Atlas car conversion seems the way to go.

I will enclose photos on any future car queries

Does anyone know where I can find the D&RGW hi-cube article mentioned?

Thanks to all!
Francis in Sunbury, Pa.

From:"Todd Sullivan sullivant41@... [STMFC]"
Date:Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 8:39 pm
Subject:Re: [STMFC] Re: Northern Pacific gondola pics please

 

Hi Steve,

Sugar beets were not a PacNW crop, at least around Portland, OR, sow I never saw any in that kind of service.  There were 5 series of composite GS gons in 1940, according to the Leach 1940 diagram book:

53700-53999  1927 Ryan Car  41'-6" IL  9'-2" Eave H
54000-54799  1925 Ryan Car  41'-6" IL  9'-1/2" Eave H
54922-54999  1923, 1925 NP Ry. 41'-9" IL  8'-11" Eave H
55000-55499  1905  P.S Car    40'-0" IL  8'-4" Eave H
55500-55649  1905  P.S Car    40'-0" IL  8'-4" Eave H

The NP also had a few Caswell composite GS gons.  I think they were purchased from the ATSF (I found them in an SP&S woodchip gon diagram), and I have never seen a photo of one.    As for photos, all my slides are packed away in a storage unit, so they are unavailable.

Todd.



From: "Steve Joyner bnsteve1216@... [STMFC]" <STMFC@...>
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 1:18 PM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Re: Northern Pacific gondola pics please

 
Thanks Todd,

I have your NP Color Guide to Freight and Passenger Equipment book.
It is an excellent reference book I have utilized many times. I am also a member
of the NPRHA and have many years of the Mainstreeter. I am looking in particular
at the older composite side gons. Did the NP transport sugar beets in these with
extended sides like other railroads did? Any photos of such would be greatly appreciated.

Steve in Bellingham WA.
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On Fri, 2/26/16, sullivant41@... [STMFC] wrote:

Subject: [STMFC] Re: Northern Pacific gondola pics please
To: STMFC@...
Date: Friday, February 26, 2016, 4:36 PM


 









Hi Steve,

You
could start with a copy of Morning Sun's NP Color Guide
book, since there are 12 color photos of NP gondolas in
it.  You might also look on the NP society's pages to
see if there are any back issues of their magazine that have
articles on gondolas, or ask members if tehy know of any
articles.  Depending on the era you are modeling, you might
look at the Westerfield site for CDs of Official Railway
Equipment Registers (ORERs) for your years of interest. 
Each of those editions of this railway industry publication
listed the entire roster of NP freight cars as of the date
of publication, all the number series, the exceptions (cars
in the series with special equipment or different dimensions
or capacities), along with the overall dimensions of cars in
each series.  After that, it's a hunt for photos of
cars in specific series that interest you, and that's
best done through the vendors of B&W and color prints. 
Since that's sort of a different topic, so I'll let
others guide you there.

Todd Sullivan
Liverpool, NY









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