Re: IC GS gons


So the goal is higher utilization of empties on the return trips?  If you look at the coal cars going up to Toledo, at best, a sixth of came back down with iron ore and every so often some few more with limestone.

Can you put these cars through a lift and tilt or rotary dumper?

Al Kresse

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Subject: [STMFC] Re: IC GS gons

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The southeastern Ohio roads had similar composite gons built around 1905.  What drove the need for side dumping vs. between the tracks dumping? . . . running up a trestle and dumping into bunkers on one side only?

Al Kresse
The 1905 era gons with drop doors didn't have doors over the trucks, so weren't "self clearing" and still required men to shovel about half the load out through the doors.

The quest for a self clearing cars took two paths... install inclined floors over the trucks (slope sheets) thereby creating what became the modern cross hopper, but which is unsuitable for other loads, such as pulpwood or structural steel, or arrange the doors on a flat floor car to open outward, where the end doors will clear the trucks (they don't open quite as far, but sumtin' is betteran nuttin', as they say). Cross hoppers became the car of choice in the eastern coalfields, because the vast majority of loads were coal. GS gons became popular west of the Mississippi because the vast majority of loads weren't.


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