Re: [EXTERNAL] Gondolas in Scrap tin service


Hello Mike,
do you are able to precise "some years ago" a little bit? If I am not wrong, some of these "Battleships" were in use until the beginning 1980s at the Northwestern Steel & Wire - was it there and then what you have seen? You may very well have seen the very last of them! To me, it is so unfortunate that none of these very interesting freight cars has been saved despite their long lives (let alone a whole train for photo excursions... ;-))
Best Regards
Gesendet: Montag, 31. Oktober 2016 um 15:36 Uhr
Von: "Mike Bauers mwbauers55@... [STMFC]"
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Betreff: Re: [EXTERNAL] [STMFC] Gondolas in Scrap tin service

I don’t think this type of modded car was used for scrap steel turnings. Nor tin coated scrap sheets and bits.

Some years ago, where I worked was using those big Virginian coal gondolas for hauling shop steel chips and shavings a few miles to the scrap center. You know those very large gondolas with the three axle trucks….
One day I was driving near the scrap yard and several hundreds of feet away from it, was one of those scrap loaded gon’s with the back broken on it and the middle of the car sitting on the rails. [envision the chore of emptying that car where it was, then cutting the car up to get rid of it, and then the final clean up of all of the remaining metal chips on the ROW….]
Since then, steel scraps have gone out of the complex in relatively smaller truck hauled containers that are about the size of a small school bus.
I expect the tin scrap gon’s to be loaded with scrap tin boxes and housings and not denser tin sheet filling up the interior. The cars would break up from loads that completely filled the cars if it was mostly piles of steel sheets or scrap cuttings.
Best to ya,
Mike Bauers
Milwaukee, Wi

On Oct 31, 2016, at 8:08 AM, 'Gatwood, Elden  wrote:

PRR had scrap gons in subclass G22C used out of Baltimore, IIRC, for use taking shavings to scrap users. They had side extensions made of wood, with interior vertical steel channels to hold the whole thing together. Grabs were added to reach full height, and the brake gear extended and platform raised. 

Elden Gatwood 


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