C&IM 1931 Built USRA style gondola

gary laakso
 

The August 1999 issue of Mainline Modeler on page 47 has a picture of this gondola that while built in 1931 was modified in July, 1940 to carry 10 Youngstown containers, while retaining its KC brake.  There were only 3 such modified cars: 15000-15003.  The article does not mention if the 1931 delivered cars had wood sides and that the 1940 modifications included the removal of the wood sides and their replacement with a partial steel siding that allowed each Youngstown container to have tack boards that could be viewed from the sides of the car.  The photo was attributed to C.T. Bossler. 

 

Gary Laakso

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