Re: C&EI 1912 Gondola


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--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "Paul & Bernice Hillman"
<chris_hillman@...> wrote:

In the May 1959 issue of MR there is an article about building a
C&EI
41'-6" gondola. This car was shown built on a recent P:48 group.

The article states that the cars were built in 1912 & 1913 by
American Car and Foundry, as composite types, steel & wood. In
1959
the C&EI still had 300 in use.

It states that in 1927 the wood in the sides was replaced with
steel
and in 1955-56 the cars had wood floors installed.

Also it says that the cars had both/either braced flat steel ends
or
dreadnaught.

These dates are not really clear about the facts.

Questions:
1-Is there a kit similar to these cars?
2-Did none of the cars have wood sides/ends after 1927?
3-Did the cars have only steel floors before 1955?
4-Were dreadnaught ends added when converted to steel sides?

I would like to build this car with wood sides and ends & with
braced
steel ends. But did that type construction exist in 1947?

Thanks, Paul Hillman
Hi Paul, The Feb. 1977 issue of Model Railroader has plans for a
C&EI GS drop bottom gon #93000,said to be from the 92000-95000
series. Overall,the plans seem to match the dimensions of your car
in question,with 8 panel composite sides and composite end, Blt. 7-
25, with a reweigh date of 7-55. Hopefully someone has a source for
an in-service photo. As far as modeling this car I've considered
kitbashing the Westerfield 2500 series Milwaukee Road composite gon,
and/or the Red Caboose GS steel or composite gon. Hope this is
helpful and will spark some more contributions. Mike Zwicke

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