Re: INTERMOUNTAIN -HO Scale GS Drop Bottom Gondolas

Bill Keene


Thanks for answering Joel's question about the INTERMOUNTAIN D&RGW GS gons. I had the same question. 

Given the size of the current IM offerings do GS gondolas, which ones listed would be accurate or nearly accurate models of the prototype? My failing memory is acting up again.

Thanks & Cheers,
Bill Keene
Irvine, CA

On Apr 18, 2018, at 11:03 PM, Tim O'Connor <timboconnor@...> wrote:

The Rio Grande bought 1,500 new postwar GS gondolas that were similar
but not identical to the GS gondola designs produced by Red Caboose (now
marketed by Intermountain) and Detail Associates.

The D&RGW 46000-47499 series all had 42'9" inside length and 5'0" inside
height. This makes them 1'9" longer inside but with the same interior height.
They were 50 ton cars. The D&RGW gondolas also had distinctly different ends
than the SRE ends found on the Red Caboose models.

D&RGW also had much larger 70 ton GS gondolas.

Tim O'Connor

I would appreciate the groups expertise regarding the new release of
HO Scale GS Drop Bottom Gondolas. We model the UP over Cajon Pass
during the 50s. UP used such gondolas for coal loads. I would like to
add Intermountains NEW D & RGW-Rio Grande GS Drop Bottoms BLT 48.

It is my shaky thought that these gondolas were not a standard length,
but longer? Can someone help me with this before buying all of them
on offer? Are there other options?

Joel Dethlefs

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