Re: gons containing coal
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It was "gondolas to the Lakes AND hopper cars to Tidewater for the C&O and N&W railroads up to WW One. Their Tidewater ports had high high-piers with side bunkers to dump coal in to load the coal boats. The upstart Virginian Railroad had a Lake-level dumper installed in 1907 and used 50-ton gondola cars on the Chesapeake Bay.
By 1922 or so they had figured out the relationship between steel quality and rivet holes, Bessemer versus Open-Hearth steel purity, and were looking at more expensive copper-bearing steel.
From: "george eichelberger geichelberger@... [STMFC]"
Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 9:56:23 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Re: gons containing coal
I expect coal shipments in gons were quite common into at least the 1920s. Although the term sounds a bit “toy train” to us nowadays, multiple railroads listed coal carrying (usually drop-bottom cars?) gondolas as “coal cars”. A quick look at the March, 1924 RER list cars by that description as CofG 14500-14600, then cars in series 15250-16049 and 17001-17200 as “coal gondolas”. The A&WP lists cars as “coal, solid or drop bottom” in seven or eight car series with a few “self clearing” coal (sic hoppers?) at the end of the RER entry. Examples of “coal cars” continue through the RER.