Photo: Gondolas (1937)


Bob Chaparro
 

Photo: Gondolas (1937)

A photo from the Huntington Library:

https://hdl.huntington.org/digital/collection/p16003coll2/id/31550/rec/1164

Click on the arrow and scroll to enlarge the photo.

These cars were bringing materials to construct the Boulder-Chino Electric Transmission Line.

The first gondola is ATSF 170543 (?). This is a class Ga-8 gondola, a forty-eight-foot mill gondola built in 1923 by Pullman-Standard in an order for 300 cars. It appears that Santa Fe started rebuilding the 299 remaining cars in 1945. Their numbers rapidly dwindled from 285 in 1953 to 58 in 1956. Only four were left by 1965.

Some very good photos of Ga-8 cars appear in Hendrickson’s Santa Fe Open Top Cars, beginning on Page 141.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

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