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Tom L

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Interesting way to load gondolas
« on: February 09, 2021, 11:41:33 AM »
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I came across this photo somewhere, can’t remember what site, but thought it would be a neat way to add a destination for gondolas that is a bit different than the usual scrapyard or coal dealers.  I remember that the company was a gasket manufacturer, so I am assuming that they are parking it there to collect metal scraps.  Also interesting are the 2 chutes that are retracted, I wonder what that’s all about?
 
Even if you don’t want to load gons, it would be a interesting detail to add in the up position, to leave clearance for boxcars.  I’m thinking it would be a nice scene to have a weathered, half loaded gon parked underneath something like this at the end of a spur. You could get fancy and make it operational, as well.

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Re: Interesting way to load gondolas
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2021, 02:13:36 PM »
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Looks like one of those construction debris chutes.

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Re: Interesting way to load gondolas
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2021, 02:37:15 PM »
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Looks like one of those construction debris chutes.


That's what I initially thought but the building has two more permanent looking chutes in the retracted position and a container trailer of some sort in the open bay to the right which may have an open top.
I wonder if it's not some kind of recycling business?
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Re: Interesting way to load gondolas
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2021, 03:41:33 PM »
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No clues as to the location of the photo?
The tower in the background seems to have some sort of a logo on it. Looks like V-O.
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Re: Interesting way to load gondolas
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2021, 03:54:48 PM »
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The breweries in Milwaukee used similar arrangements to dispose of broken bottles (cullet). They shipped in hoppers or gons.

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Re: Interesting way to load gondolas
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2021, 04:17:25 PM »
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I found the link

https://digital.library.cornell.edu/catalog/ss:20433868

There is several photos a different angles

https://digital.library.cornell.edu/catalog/ss:20432897




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Re: Interesting way to load gondolas
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2021, 06:08:31 PM »
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Cool!  So it is VG, no VO.  It is clearly visible in the high-res photo. Also visible is "CTOR" on the other side of the tower.

Would the shutes be used for discarding rubber or cork scraps (by the carload)?
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Re: Interesting way to load gondolas
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2021, 10:15:35 AM »
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I some believe metal stamping plants have similar setups for bailed up scrap.

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Re: Interesting way to load gondolas
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2021, 10:20:45 AM »
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I some believe metal stamping plants have similar setups for bailed up scrap.

I'm pretty sure Budd's Hunting Park plant had a chute just for loose scrap. Will have to check the ZTS map.
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Re: Interesting way to load gondolas
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2021, 01:09:18 PM »
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Also interesting are the 2 chutes that are retracted, I wonder what that’s all about?

Look beyond the gon and you can see the same track continues around a curve further down, where another car is parked. The chutes don't have clearance for a switch engine to pass if they were fixed. The large chute on the end of the gondola also clearly has support wires/ropes connected to it to raise it when not in use so an engine can move past it.