Re: [URL Verdict: Unknown][Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] Tarps over gondolas
Gatwood, Elden J SAD
To add: PRR had a convoluted history with tie-downs and stake pockets, with use of collapsible interior stake pockets (ex: class GS and G26) popular until the late forties, when many were deleted during rebuilds (like the GSh rebuilt from GS). After that period, they went through a long period of experimentation, with tie-downs being applied to tops of top chord, side of top chord, and upper side sheet below top chord, and even a combo of last two. One subclass had them on side of top chord and the endmost on a side stake.
There is lots of correspondence between PRR and folks torching holes with PRR charging them big bucks for repairs.
PRR had lots of folks that tarped gon loads, so this was enough importance that they stencilled many of them with warnings about torching, plus notes as to tie-down locations.
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Ken Adams
Sent: Sunday, January 2, 2022 1:47 PM
Subject: [URL Verdict: Unknown][Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] Tarps over gondolas
In the steam era (up to 1957-8) which this group confines itself to, it may have been North American practice to build gondolas with tarp tie downs inside. Coal and other mineral loads were left open. Other items needing tarp coverage could
be put on a flat car.