Re: former VGN cars?


Judging by the appearance of those cars and the date of the picture, they could very well be Virginian “battleship gons” that were sold by the railroad and used as storage bins or scrapped.  The railroad was decreasing the number of those cars in active service throughout the 1950s, and only a comparative few were left at the time of the merger with N&W. I believe the N&W got rid of the ones left within about 18 months.  

C&IM had some similar looking cars, but they were 70 ton cars on 4 wheel trucks, IIRC.

Frank Bongiovanni

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