Re: SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO BLINK
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The GN 72750-72773 series container gondolas was extended to 72774 by the July 1970 ORER at least.
Ed, thanks for the additional pictures! I'm especially happy the
coupled to a Southern Pacific hopper!
However you might want to check your number series - 72774 is
not part of any
of the series you listed.
I agree the reinforced ribs are just that, and nothing more. I
Sunshine kits were still available!
On 8/20/2019 12:00 PM, spsalso via Groups.Io wrote:
The answer to your question is: "Yes" and "No".
There are three number series of interest: GN
72500-72749, GN 72750-72770, and GN 72771-72773.
The latter two were made up of cars pulled from
the former, and were the ones used in container service. So
that's a qualified "Yes".
The "No" comes up because, first, the cars
apparently got roller bearings fairly quickly after
conversion. Also, all the pictures of these cars in
Thompson's book show additional reinforced ribs on the car
side (2 per side) (see my photo). He shows three shots of the
container cars with the reinforcements. But he also shows one
shot of a car in the "regular" series with the reinforcements.
As you know, Sunshine did these cars. It would appear doable
to add the reinforcing ribs. I don't think Sunshine offered
this version, though I could be wrong.
I am attaching two overhead views of the car and
the containers. From the pictures, I don't see that there was
any modification to the inside of the car for the containers.
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