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GN 40 foot G2 Solid Bottom Gondola Mineral Brown
GN 40 foot G2 Solid Bottom Gondola Mineral Brown

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HO scale kit with trucks and magnetic couplers.

This is a 40’ solid bottom gondola, GST G2, in Mineral brown with front facing goat, car number 76283 which is a correct car number for a drop bottom car in 1942. Body is not an accurate match for any GN series due to its solid bottom design. GN owned no solid bottom gondolas until 1952. The 1952 group, numbers 72500-749 were 41’ 6” inside length. B26 P26.

Built and paint dates are credible as is Mineral Brown color with front facing goat, but not on a solid bottom gondola. Beginning in 1941, the GN began painting its gondola cars Mineral Red with the side facing goat herald. The older Mineral brown cars would have been seen in service until about 1950. Car 76283 is a correct car number for a drop bottom car in 1942.

 

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. 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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