Re: W&LE gon and great load

Eric Hansmann


It looks like the gon has W&LE number 70570. These were built in March and April of 1916 by Standard Steel Car and Pressed Steel Car. This design seems to have been a major influence on the USRA mill gon design. W&LE series 70000-70599 was 597 cars of 46-foot length. 70-ton capacity, all-steel construction, 3-foot interior height, and 12 exterior posts. This car and more of the W&LE 1926 freight car fleet were just reviewed at my blog:

The page text for the Critical Past film clip notes these cars were an "extra long railroad car". As the film was shot in 1918, a 46-foot car would be longer than most gondolas of that time.

I've got nothin' on that gun tube.


Eric Hansmann
Chagrin Falls, Ohio

--- In STMFC@..., "Gatwood, Elden J SAD " <elden.j.gatwood@...> wrote:

....from Bethlehem in 1918

So, what do you know about that great W&LE gon? How about that gun tube?

Elden Gatwood

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