Re: gondola interiors

Russ Strodtz <railfreightcars@...>


I would have to say just the opposite. Now just about every large business
has dumpsters scattered all around their property. Before the "Dumpster
Era" empty gons were the standard dumpster.

If there was an unusually heavy snowfall Inland Steel was in the habit
of filling gons with snow. Then they would reject them for loading and
order replacements from the various road haul roads.

While out of the scope of this Group I can recall one gon that had
another load placed on top of the previous load. The stars must have
been aligned correctly because it just happened to be loaded with
company material and I got involved in the issue and knew what the
previous load was and where it went. If the B&B Foreman had not
noticed it could have gone through many loading cycles just as it


----- Original Message -----
From: "Ted Schnepf" <railsunl@...>
To: <STMFC@...>
Sent: Wednesday, 10 October, 2007 17:55
Subject: Re: [STMFC] gondola interiors

Hi everyone,
I honestly believe this gondola dirty floor subject is being overdone. In scrap yard service it is true with magnet loading and unloading dirt does build up on the floor.
In the classic era, gons in coal, aggregate and mineral service would be cleaned before loading, as the shipper did not want his product contaminated. All railroads had cleaning tracks for such work. Many coal mines cleaned cars on the empty side of the mine prior to loading. Also many gons at the receiving end were cleaned by laborers with shovels before release.

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