Reading Flatcar Or Gondola?


David
 

Why the 3-link chains on the ends?
Presumably safety chains to keep cars together in the event of knuckle or draft gear failure.

What are the ~3/4-inch rods on the ground?
Rebar.

What’s the lading? Limestone?
The Reading gon I think is just gravel, though the car under the timber might be limestone. This pic is one of a large series showing the mid-1920s DL&W line relocation in New Jersey, which involved a great deal of concrete infrastructure.

David Thompson

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