Re: Photo Study: Lackawanna Gondola 67198

Benjamin Hom

Dave Lawler asked:
"What was the purpose for the stake pockets(?) on the outside of the side boards?"

To hold stakes for loads taller than the sides of the gon.  These are a common feature of period wood and composite gons.  Here's a builder's photo of a PRR Class GRA with stake pockets:

Some later steel gons had collapsible stake pockets on the inside of the sides.  The Proto 2000 52 ft 6 in gon is an example.

Ben Hom 

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