Re: Wood Floors in Gondolas—Board widths?


From "Train Shed Cyclopedia No. 5" (1940 Car Builders' Cyclopedia):

"Flooring 2 3/4" x 4 15/16" Ship Lap     1/2" Carriage Bolts"
The car was 70 ton 50'-6" Pere Marquette.  Likely car number was 18400

There's an interesting ATSF composite gon with a two-layer floor.  The lower layer is transverse shiplap 2 1/4" thick by approx 7 1/8".  The upper layer is longitudinal 1 1/4" thick by approx 6 1/8" planking.  The car was for sulfur service.  There's a photo of a T&NO car (43015) that is suspiciously similar to the drawing.

Lastly, there's a Milwaukee composite gon with drop doors.  Likely car number 80309.  Flooring was 2 1/4" x 5 1/8" transverse tongue and groove.

And many steel floored gons.


Edward Sutorik

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