Re: gondola interiors
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In today world of railroading, gons are NOT cleaned out from load to load, not that I see anyhow. I have seen the insides of steel gons with all sorts of debris in them. This ranges from wood used to secure previous loads to just plain and simple trash. There are gons that are in assigned service..That is the are assigned to serve a particular plant only. Many of the gons of this nature serve in a manner that scrap steel is brought into a plant and then finished product is hauled out in them. This is NOT to say that this is the case with ALL gons.
The Seaboard had gons that were steel sided and had drains at the bottoms of the side panels to allow the muck to flow out of the cars. Remember also that this was often the last type of service that the cars would be used in. Gons in stump service were just a couple of switches from heading the scrap yard or into MofW service.
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From: "ed_mines" <ed_mines@...>
Sent: Tuesday, October 09, 2007 12:57 PM
Subject: [STMFC] gondola interiors
Were gondola interiors ever cleaned? I think debris would accumulate