G-70-15 Gondolas

A roster of the G-70-15 class gondolas is provided as follows:


	SP 350510-351009


These 52'-10" all steel, drop bottom wood chip gondolas were built by General American in 1957 and featured 4589 ft3 capacity and bottom discharge gates with Enterprise door gear. These cars were nicknamed "queens." These were the first cars built new for wood chip service on the SP. The reason for the odd starting point for the number series is that they were numbered just above a the G-50-20 and G-50-15 gons equipped with side extensions for wood chip service which started at 350000 and went to 350509. Other groups of older 40' cars retrofitted with side extension for wood chip service occupied the number series above these cars. All of this is explained by Tony Thompson in his book SP Freight Cars - Vol. I in chapter 8. Also, it appears that quite a number of these cars were rebuilt as composite cars with plywood sides and dramatically altered appearance. However, they all retained their as-built numbers. A table is provided below to illustrate the progress of the rebuilding over the years.

 

Photo by: Ron Hawkins

 

SP:

SP 350686

Southern Pacific Photo

Steve Peery Collection

SP 350686

SPFCSS #23

 

SP 350701

Ron Hawkins

Klamath Falls, OR; 07/30/1977

SP 350801

Tom Cobb

Nacogdoches, TX; 8/1972

SP 350866

Ron Hawkins

Klamath Falls, OR; 07/30/1977

SP 350873

Clyde King

Eugene, OR; 11/1980

SP 350992

Bob Dengler

Roseville, CA; 9/1980

 

Below is the table showing the number of cars in the original all-steel construction vs. the number of rebuilt composite cars.

Year

All Steel

Composite

Total

01/1959

500

0

500

07/1962

499

0

499

01/1965

499

0

499

10/1967

250

250

500

07/1970

166

332

498

01/1972

130

368

498

04/1973

128

366

494

04/1978

114

349

463

10/1988

0

0

0

 

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