Re: Southern's 40' Low-Side Gondolas

Tim Gilbert <tgilbert@...>

Richard Hendrickson wrote:

Like the low-side gons owned by other y'all railroads (e.g., ACL, SAL),
the Southern's cars were intended primarily for limestone service. In
the only two photos I have of these cars were the loads are visible,
they're carrying crush limestone. However, open-top cars were
versatile and the Southern doubtless used their low-side gons for
anything and everything that would fit in them and didn't require
weather protection.
The Maine Central also had similar low side gons in the #17000 series. The limestone trade was a prime reason why.

Tim Gilbert

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