Re: Freight cars equipped with covers.


In the late-50s the C&O started experimenting with gons with wooden skided troughs for smaller steel coils (48" diameter or so).  These had various canvass (yes) and steel covers.  The unions crane operators wouldn't remove and properly stow the cavass covers like todays truck drivers do, so crane removed steel covers became the standard . . . . and they helped to lose more business for the railroads.  On thicker guages they might ship the steel coils less any covers . . . just separated by blocks of wood.

Al Kresse

----- Original Message -----
From: "Kurt Laughlin" <>
Sent: Thursday, April 2, 2009 8:08:20 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Re:Freight cars equipped with  covers.

From my 1961 ORER (probably also relevant to pre-1961 traffic), some
non-steel, non-tin, GBR/GBSR cargoes:

NYC - GBSR, aluminum billets
SOU - GBSR, aluminum and steel mill products
C&O - GBR, Army tank engines
NKP - GBSR, special loading
ATSF - GBR, AEC material

There were several GBSRs that were used for coils on pallets.


----- Original Message -----
From: Allen Rueter

Besides cut steel sheet/Tin plate, what else is transported in covered gons,
after WWII, in the mid west.
I'm more curious about covered low side gons, that seems to low, for coiled
(or were coils laid on their sides, eye to the sky)

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