L&N 51098 (was NRC Banana Reefer)

Claus Schlund \(HGM\)

Hi Gary and List Members,
I especially like the mini-scene with the two gondolas carrying coal. A bit difficult to discern, but looks to my eyes it looks like there is a work crew of at least two men in the gon L&N 51098, bent over like they are shoveling the coal. Note the A C Jones coal trucks parked directly next to to the gon. An entirely modelable scene for any size railroad, don't you think? It appears the B&O 257952 gon is also involved in the same operation
My Dec 1930 ORER sez the following about L&N 51098: series 50000-56499, 40ft 6in IL, 100000 lb, 6448 cars,  MCB type GA
My memory sez MCB type GA is a drop bottom gon, is that right? In that case, are the drop doors being used by the crew to help in unloading, or are they just using the shovels to toss the coal over the gon sides and into the truck beds? Thoughts? I checked B&O 257952, it is type GM (mill gon) which I think would NOT have drop doors of any sort...
Claus Schlund

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Subject: [RealSTMFC] NRC Banana Reefer

It sure is dirty:




The B&O boxcar appears to have had many wood pieces replaced in its roof.


Gary Laakso

Northwest of Mike Brock

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