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Wood shrinks as it dries out. This is why wood-sheathed cars were weighed more frequently than all steel cars.
Gon also were beat up in service.
On Oct 27, 2021, at 12:06 PM, Bill Keene via groups.io
They grow ‘em big in Kansas!
Interesting about the car side boards. Perhaps non-seasoned lumber still with a high moisture content was used.
Is it uncommon to be able to see daylight between adjacent boards of wood sided gondolas as shown in the photo below? I've only seen it once before.
Was unfinished lumber used for these gondola sides & roofwalks?