Let's be clear, loading poles on gons to that height was common, as was loading them in that manner. Note the gon load of long poles in the background, this time with the entire load beling long poles and the drop ends of the gon down. The gon on the RIP track (PRR G26 class, BTW) looks to have shifter the load on the near end to the side, NOT end to end. It will likely be jacked or winched until the load is within the boundaries of the car and new side stakes added to replace the once that appear to have broken or slipped.
I had noticed the poles extending over the ends of the gondola. I had assumed the gon was loaded where shorter poles were at the bottom, and longer poles were loaded above those, making for an extended load that overhung the end of the car. Of course a shifted load is a much more plausible explanation!
For a gon load situation such as this, would the load be properly repositioned before moving further, or would the gon perhaps simply complete its trip with an impromptu ‘extended load’, possibly with some reinforcing of the existing restraints along with a spacer flat as a companion? It would seem like repositioning the load would be a lot of work and a lot of expense...