Conrail Gondola with different side panels

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Conrail Gondola with different side panels

Post by scharnhorst » Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:58 am

Heres an Ex Conrail Gondola that got a major repair note the side of the car it looks as if Conrail cut two different Gondolas in half and welded them together. The car was full of Scrap Aluminum ingots. The photo was taken in Auburn, NY in 2002. Any idea as to what inspired Conrail to make such a repair over just scraping the car??
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Re: Conrail Gondola with different side panels

Post by charlie6017 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:09 am

By the looks of it with the rivet line, I have a feeling this was originally a flat car converted into
a gondola. It looks like the old style of flat from pre-Conrail days. Fabricating it into a Gon was
cheaper than purchasing new and back then, railroads were still poor.

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Re: Conrail Gondola with different side panels

Post by Backshophoss » Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:51 pm

Thats what you call 1:1 kitbashing,it may not look good,but it works.:)
Conrail at startup,had to be creative with what was avaible to repair cars,if a car too far gone to be rebuilt,
use parts salvaged to keep the rest of the fleet moving.
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Re: Conrail Gondola with different side panels

Post by RSD15 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:15 am

I don't think it's anything more than a 12 panel coiled steel gon with three of it's ribbed panels replaced with smooth ones,the ones to the right of the NYC.

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