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I was going to do a lumber load for flatcars but then realized that all of my gondola cars need coal loads! Or at least some of them do...I should have some empties as well.I have some high-powered magnets and am thinking about adding them to each load so they can be removed very easily.

This is one of my favorites. MTL gondola with a rebar load. It's an oldie but a goodie.I made the bundles of rebar by stripping some stranded wire and bundling it and setting it up on dunnage. Painted it a semi rusty gunmetal color. It's bonded together as a unit that can be lifted out.Looking forward to seeing what everyone else comes up with!Lee

Oh damn. I need to do that now.

In your era, rebar is shipped on long flat cars with special racks on them. Do a little homework first. Might need to find a lighter weight solution to look good and not rock the boat too much...L

Lee,That is a beautiful rebar load but you may want to remove some of the dunnage; I believe the gon is too full. If the density of steel is around 490 lb/ft^3 and the volume of a 50’ gon is around 1500 ft^3 then the gon could hold 735,000 lbs of steel with no voids. If we subtract a quarter of the volume for voids (which I think is generous) we are still around 184,000 lbs.Of course, this would not be the first time my engineering math didn’t agree with an architect’s.