Re: Gondola Tie Downs - How Strong?

Todd Sullivan
 

Bob,

It seems that tie downs were a RR option, and were most useful when steel strapping was used to tie loads down.  The New York Central favored such tie downs on the top chord of their gondolas, as well as the WM and Wabash.  The tie downs would be fairly useless for loads that did not extend higher than the sides, but were quite useful for loads of pipe and steel shapes that did, as well as fabricated loads.  Such top chord tie downs were still being applied to gondolas built in the mid to late 1960s.

Todd Sullivan.

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