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What is the third car from the camera?

Claus Schlund \(HGM\)
 

Hi List Members,

I'd like to invite everyone to consider the nice image linked below:

http://lists.railfan.net/erielackphoto.cgi?erielack-12-05-13/C3665.jpg

The two cars closest to the camera appears to PRR class GS gondolas.

What is the third car from the camera? Pickle car? Gondola with covers? Something else?

Claus Schlund

Richard Townsend
 

I'm going to say covered gondola. I've seen similar cars on the C&S narrow gauge in Colorado, used for carrying high-grade ore.
 
Richard Townsend
Lincoln City, OR
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: 'Claus Schlund' claus@... [STMFC]
To: STMFC Sent: Mon, Mar 6, 2017 9:13 pm
Subject: [STMFC] What is the third car from the camera?

 
Hi List Members,

I'd like to invite everyone to consider the nice image linked below:

http://lists.railfan.net/erielackphoto.cgi?erielack-12-05-13/C3665.jpg

The two cars closest to the camera appears to PRR class GS gondolas.

What is the third car from the camera? Pickle car? Gondola with covers?
Something else?

Claus Schlund

Donald B. Valentine
 

I think you're probably correct, Richard, but given that the photo appears to be taken in Wyoming. PA
wonder what it could be for. It could be a special load other than ore of any grade if it were something 
large that required a crane to hoist it over and lower it into the car. Also, are those webbed straps similar
to what is used now that are going over the top and appear to be fastened to the sides between the stakes?

My best, Don Valentine


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I'm going to say covered gondola. I've seen similar cars on the C&S narrow gauge in Colorado, used for carrying high-grade ore.
 
Richard Townsend
Lincoln City, OR
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: 'Claus Schlund' claus@... [STMFC] <STMFC@...>
To: STMFC <STMFC@...>
Sent: Mon, Mar 6, 2017 9:13 pm
Subject: [STMFC] What is the third car from the camera?

 
Hi List Members,

I'd like to invite everyone to consider the nice image linked below:

http://lists.railfan.net/erielackphoto.cgi?erielack-12-05-13/C3665.jpg

The two cars closest to the camera appears to PRR class GS gondolas.

What is the third car from the camera? Pickle car? Gondola with covers?
Something else?

Claus Schlund

Jack Mullen
 

I agree that it's a covered gon. Presumably the intended cargo would be something shipped in bulk that needed some protection from weather. Perhaps salt?  I'm sure there are other plausible mineral products.

Jack Mullen

rwitt_2000
 

An interesting car indeed.

Another term to use could be a "roofed" gondola as in "roofed" hopper an early term used by the B&O to describe what became covered hoppers.

Can we be sure the car is in revenue service? The photo date is 1916 and the car appears to be all wood construction so its age could be from 16 to 26 years.

Just some thoughts ...

Bob Witt