figure 2.6 shows it after assembly. The sides and ends of gondolas
in the knockdown fleet, made of 1 1/2-inch tongue-and-groove wood
sheathing with metal reinforcement bars, may be used on the 40-ton
flatcar underframes with minor adjustments to the corner bands and
High-Side Gondola Before Assembly.
High-Side Gondola After Assembly.
Conversion of the flatcar to a gondola consists generally of
positioning sides to underframe side sills and securing them in
place, fastening handholds, and positioning end assemblies and
securing to corner posts on all corners of the car.
transport a variety of heavy and bulky items.
They are used
primarily for carrying such materials as coal, ore, stone, lumber,
iron and steel products, and machinery.
If necessary, they can be
used to transport troops.
Enclosed with sides and ends and having a roof, the boxcar is
designed to carry commodities that must be protected against
breakage, pilferage, or weather damage. Like the gondola, the boxcar
of the knockdown fleet can be assembled by adding the proper
superstructure to the flatcar underframe.
Made of a light frame with plywood lining, the superstructure
consists mainly of sides, ends, doors, and a roof.
The sides are