Re: Reading Flatcar Or Gondola?

Dennis Storzek

The three link chains are because it is a drop end go which means it was designed to carry loads that straddled two or more cars. Back in the era of the photo multiple cars under a single load were required to be chained together so someone couldn't accidently uncouple the cars and drop the load.

The rods are concrete reinforcing rod. Note the concrete mixer in the background. The structure that looks like a trestle is actually the former work for a concrete overpass.

Given the construction in the scene the load may well be crushed stone. 
Dennis Storzek

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