Re: NC&StL gondolas

S hed <shed999@...>

I got your email while I am work so obviously I don't have any of my NC&StL information (which I have a lot of) with me. I'll try and get back to this tonight with a full answer about these container gons.

I do know that the NC&StL went to Gadsen, AL which was the sight of a large steel works. I think it was called Republic Steel. Anyway, I think the container gons hauled calcium carbide which one its uses was to de-sulfur pig iron, cast steel, and steel.

The containers were put in solid bottom, solid end, steel gondolas for transport.

Mainline Modeler did a great article on these cars a few years back. Again, I'll try to remember when I get home to send everyone a detailed account of these cars.

BTW, the L&N did convert some of the NC&StL 40' box car into coke service.

- Steve H., Everett, WA

To: STMFC@...
From: timboconnor@...
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2009 16:15:10 -0400
Subject: [STMFC] Re: NC&StL gondolas (was FYI: Choices. Caveat Emptor)

What kind of containers? Bulk, drop bottom? My first guess
is coke, since I have several photos of converted L&N box cars
with roofs removed for coke service. One photo is from Pueblo
Colorado so they travelled some distance.

Tim O'Connor

6. ok, I'm going back to freight cars (kicking his soapbox back under the
layout) and I promise to go back to lurking on this group. Unless of course
someone can tell me what type of service the NC&StL was using its 15 or so
container gondolas for circa 1951 (mandatory freight car content but also a
serious question).

John Wark
North Nexus, TN

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