Shortly after the 1916 ICC mandated Valuation of the railroad the ET&WNC built its first nine 36 foot long gondolas numbered 262, 263, 268, 275, 277, 280, 282 and 284. This appears to be the first 36 foot long gondolas built for the railroad in their shops. Before this, the cars had been 28 foot long and 32 feet long These were not the first 36 foot long cars built for the railroad as they had 36 foot long Boxcars and flat cars before this date. As the need for these cars increased a large number of flat cars were converted to gondolas. One spotting feature of these converted cars is the removal of two stake pockets and the moving of the two center stake pockets to line up with the cars needle beams to add strength to the new sideboards.
Many of the flat cars were turned into gondolas by the addition of sideboards after the need for them to haul cut lumber ended. Many of the 32-foot gondolas got rebuilt in the 1920s into 36 foot long cars, and by the late 1930’s they were by far the largest group of cars on the ET&WNC / Linville River. Used to haul stone, sand, cordwood, acid wood pulpwood, pipe and road-building materials. The last new 36 foot gondolas were built by the railroad in 1926 At the end of narrow gauge operations, the remaining gondolas had their sides and ends removed to turn them into flats to aid in taking up the rails. No Narrow gauge gondolas were saved unlike a number of boxcars sold off the railroad to private owners for use as storage sheds.
For a full history on ET&WNC freight cars see Johnny Graybeal’s Along the ET&WNC vol 4/5 (Freight cars) available from Tarheel Press.
These cars were black with white lettering. To complete the model, paint, and decal to your liking.
This model was designed to use the following for completion:
- Kadee #5 or #148 couplers
- McCord trucks
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