ATSF Caswell Gon ?, Atlanta 1947
C J Wyatt
Take at look at this photo on Ebay:
Is that a Caswell Gon in the lower righthand corner?
Jack Wyatt wrote:
Take at look at this photo on Ebay:Sure is, Jack. ATSF 17190?, Ga-5 class, built by AC&F in 1921, Side
framing reinforcement added, repainted after 1944 (as there are no periods
in the reporting marks). The Andrews U-section trucks were original.
Potash maybe?A good guess, as these cars were routinely used in that service. I can't
imagine anyone shipping Colorqdo coal to Atlanta, another type of loading
for which these gons were extensively used. Of course, the whole point
about GS gons is that they could be used to carry almost anything that
didn't require weather protection, so there's no way to know for sure why
that car was in Atlanta. Note to southeastern modelers who may have
ignored these cars as being unlikely to turn up in their area: Al
Westerfield has recently issued very nice resin kits with one piece bodies
for these cars.
Richard H. Hendrickson
Ashland, Oregon 97520