[Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] Weathered NKP gondolas

Gatwood, Elden J SAD



I agree with Eric. The only things they would NOT usually haul were hot slabs and coils!


Elden Gatwood


From: <> On Behalf Of Eric Hansmann
Sent: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 12:03 PM
Subject: [Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] Weathered NKP gondolas


Thanks, Doug!


To answer your question, gondolas could haul anything that fits. A few images of these NKP gondolas show them with aggregate loads, possibly gravel or sand. But they could haul steel plate and steel shapes that were less than 40-feet in length. Crated or tarp-covered loads from manufacturers are another possibility. Rough cut lumber is another option.


These cars could wander, too. They were not restricted to NKP rails.



Eric Hansmann

Murfreesboro, TN



From: <> On Behalf Of Doug Polinder via
Sent: Monday, November 16, 2020 11:14 AM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Weathered NKP gondolas


Those are fabulous, Eric.  The only things I know about NKP are from Emery Gulash's 1960s video footage and Tony Koester's articles on his own layout.  What might these have hauled?  

Doug Polinder
Lowell MI and Poquoson VA