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GN 40 foot G2 Solid Bottom Gondola Vermilion
GN 40 foot G2 Solid Bottom Gondola Vermilion

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HO scale kit with trucks and magnetic couplers.

This is a 40’ solid bottom gondola, GST G2, in Vermilion with side facing goat herald, car number 72743, a correct number for the type of car. Body is not an accurate match for any GN series due to wrong number of side ribs. GN owned no solid bottom gondolas until 1952. The 1952 group, numbers 72500-72749 were 41’ 6” inside length. B52 P59.

Great Northern strongly favored drop bottom gondolas, as compared to hopper cars, for mineral traffic, including coal. As of 1942 GN had 2,388 40-foot drop bottom, no solid bottom gondolas, and only 692 hopper cars, all under the heading ‘Coal Cars’. Pittsburg Seam coal originated from Duluth and Superior, arriving there as backhaul cargo in iron ore ships. Other notable GN coal origin points were Sand Coulee and Belt, Montana, Fernie and Michel in the Crowsnest Field, and for a short period, Coalmont in the Similkameen drainage, all in southern British Columbia.

Unfortunately, there are no good models of Great Northern GS (drop bottom) gondolas, except in brass. A modeler could use this car in mineral service if (s)he is willing to overlook the issue of the model’s solid bottom.


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