[Non-DoD Source] [RealSTMFC] gondola NYC 715035 with load in 1960 at Lukens Steel
Gatwood, Elden J SAD
Lukens was a big manufacturer of tank heads, and RRs serving them often had dedicated cars to serve that diagonal loading requirement. RDG also had diagonal loader gons. Even though PRR had no direct connection, they also had diagonal tank head/plate-loader gons in their G36 class and for even larger loads, in their F25 flat (well) car class (sub-classes F25B, F25C, F25D and F25E). The latter had the floor replaced with strips of steel plate at a lower height added to accommodate the largest loads still able to fit within the clearance diagram.
The bracing semi-permanently applied to the gons was not consistent between RRs, but was usually heavy timbers with a diagonal top to brace the load against, and diagonally braced lengthwise, with bolts through the car side, and rods to keep the bracing from moving. One often sees the added bolts (usually carriage bolts) added through the car side.
Thanks for sharing, Claus!
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Subject: [Non-DoD Source] [RealSTMFC] gondola NYC 715035 with load in 1960 at Lukens Steel
Hi List Members,
Cool image of gondola NYC 715035 with load in 1960 at Lukens Steel. Note the gon has some kind of internal (possibly semi-permanent?) structure to help brace the load