Re: Photo: D&RGW Gondola 70298 (1949)

Schuyler Larrabee

I noticed that Eric, and I first thought that those must be replacement trucks.  The sideframes look much more modern than 1922, but outside hung on a truck with those sideframes seems very odd.




From: <> On Behalf Of Eric Hansmann
Sent: Wednesday, December 30, 2020 12:40 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Photo: D&RGW Gondola 70298 (1949)


Interesting trucks, too. The outside-hung brake beam was uncommon on freight cars by the time these were built in 1923.



Eric Hansmann

Murfreesboro, TN



From: <> On Behalf Of Garth Groff and Sally Sanford
Sent: Wednesday, December 30, 2020 11:23 AM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Photo: D&RGW Gondola 70298 (1949)




D&RGW 70000-70699 were indeed built in 1922 by Western Steel Car & Foundry. These were GS cars with an inside length of 46' and a capacity of 70 tons, making them something like monsters in their time. Their primary assignments were coal service, with some later bumped to limestone service on the regauged Monarch Branch.


Yours Aye,



Garth Groff  🦆


On Wed, Dec 30, 2020 at 10:22 AM Claus Schlund &#92;(HGM&#92;) <claus@...> wrote:

Hi List Members,


I think I see the date built, stencilled under the billboard letters "RIO".


It might read BLT 4-1922, but it is somewhat blurry.


Anyone know DRGW rolling stock well enough to say if I am reading this correctly?




Claus Schlund


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Sent: Wednesday, December 30, 2020 1:03 AM

Subject: [RealSTMFC] Photo: D&RGW Gondola 70298 (1949)


Photo: D&RGW Gondola 70298 (1949)

A photo from the Denver Public Library:

Click on the double-headed arrow and then scroll to enlarge the image.


A Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad standard gauge gondola car #70298 is loaded with sugar beets in Monte Vista (Rio Grande County), Colorado. A man stands on the sugar beet loader, beside a conveyor.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

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