Re: Adjusting the gondola fleet


Jack Mullen
 

Fran,
The group files hold quite a lot of data about the national freight car fleet, and not all of it just deals with boxcars.
This file might be of use:
https://realstmfc.groups.io/g/main/files/1953%20CARS%20IN%20SERVICE%202.xls
With gons, be aware that there's a devil lurking in the details. Mill gons tend to behave more like boxcars, a somewhat free-running nationwide pool so the road-name distribution should be in proportion to the proportion of the national fleet. However, gons used primarily in bulk material dervice tend to move more locally or regionally, so the modelled fleet of these should reflect that.
Since you have a '56 ORER, you might research the top 6 or 10 largest fleets, pluse other significant railroads in your area. An hour or two with the ER should put you in good shape to choose available models.  

Jack Mullen

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