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Vehicle - Rail - Rolling Stock (Freight) - Gondola - Steel

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Name Gondola, 50 Foot, Steel
Region North America
Category Rail
Type Rolling Stock (Freight)
SubType Gondola
Variety Steel
Manufacturer Various (Details)
Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Source of Text TroveStar



History: In US railroad terminology, a gondola is an open-topped rail vehicle used for transporting loose bulk materials. Because of their low side walls, gondolas are also suitable for the carriage of such high-density cargoes as steel plates, steel coils, and bulky items such as prefabricated sections of rail track. For weather-sensitive loads, these gondolas are often equipped with covers.

All-steel gondolas date back to the early part of the 20th century. However, most of the early ones were shorter and used 40' designs. The ubiquitous 50' steel gondola we see modeled so often today are typical of railcars produced since the end of the second world war. In the late 1940s, steel became once again readily available and new, longer gondolas were produced to transport material for America's booming economy. Generally, these 50 foot cars have a capacity of 70 tons and were actually 52'6" long. The first models of this design were produced by the Erie Railroad and the Greenville Steel Car Co, but nearly identical cars were produced by Pullman, ACF and Bethlehem.

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Item created by: gdm on 2018-01-31 08:04:26. Last edited by gdm on 2021-08-30 07:06:07

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