Gondola

Manufacturer:(unknown)
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Chicago & North Western (CNW)
Finish(unknown)
If you can identify the manufacturer of this car, please contact the webmaster. It appears to be built up from copper castings of sides and ends like the Exacta passenger cars were. It has a load added of locomotive driver castings.
Photo
photo © Ed Kirstatter
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
A.F. converted to scale using wooden floor components, Permabilt ladders, Stewart and Liberty brake components, Rex trucks.
Photo
photo © Bob Werre
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Boston & Maine (BM)
Road Number:9680
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Holt repainted this model based on the prototype B&M car (there were about 300 of these 43-foot long cars re-built in their shops in 1957 from cars originally constructed during WWII, and lasted into the 1960s). Holt used dry transfers, decals, and a flat clear lacquer for a slightly weathered look.
Photo
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Erie Railroad (ERIE)
Road Number:14250
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
This stock AF repainted model represents one of a 1929-30 class of 48' Greenville & Bethlehem steel gondolas made for the Erie RR. More than 330 were still on the rails in the late 1950s, and some were still running for the merged E-L in the 1970s, with their original Erie markings. Holt started with an AF black Southern RR gondola, and repainted it with Testors flat black enamel, applied an old set of CDS dry transfers for Erie gondolas, and finished it with flat, clear lacquer.
Photo
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Maine Central (MEC)
Road Number:17001
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
A stock AF gondola that has been repainted by Bob Comstock and lettered for the Maine Central.
Photo
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Gondola
Road Name:New York, New Haven & Hartford (NH)
Road Number:61072
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
A stock AF gondola which has been repainted and lettered for the NH in the early 1990s by Bob Comstock. These prototype cars were rebuilt and repainted in 1955 by IRCC, and leased back to the NH.
Photo
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Pittsburgh & Lake Erie (P&LE)
Road Number:10193
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
This model is a repainted AF gondola (to model a 55' P&LE gon in its mid-1950s appearance). The model was finished with Campbell Road "S" scale dry transfers, and a flat clear lacquer.
Photo
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Buffalo Hunt
Model Introduced:1963
Finishpainted & lettered
The Buffalo Hunt gondola and the Freight Ahead caboose are the only two cars produced by Gilbert that did not have a catalog number. The Buffalo Hunt gondola was produced in 1963 only in only one variation. This unusual gondola was not sold separately and was offered only as part of the 1963 #20800 Game Train set.
Photo
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:631
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Texas & Pacific (TP)
Road Number:631
Model Introduced:1946
Finishpainted & lettered
The #631 gondola was produced from 1946 through 1953 and has six unpainted green variations and three green or red painted variations. There are two 1946 variations with thin shank link couplers both are dark green one has silver letter while the other has white lettering. The one 1947 variation has thick shank link couplers with a dark green body. The two 1948 variations have link couplers with brass weighted link couplers. One of the 1948 variations is dark green and the other is a very rare gray model (see Photo #3). The last of the unpainted variations was produced from 1949 through 1952 that has a dark green body and link couplers with black link coupler weights. Two of the painted variations were produced from 1949 through 1952 that are painted dark green. One is painted dark green over a green body while the second is painted dark green over a red body. The last painted variation produced in 1952, shown in the main photo, is painted red over a cream plastic body.
Photo
Photo #2
Photo #3
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:804
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Norfolk & Western (N&W)
Road Number:804
Model Introduced:1956
Finishpainted & lettered
During the Gilbert days of S-gauge trains, there was a basic standard to their numbering system. In 1956-57, Gilbert produced seven freight cars that broke from that standard. Prior to this time, all non-operating cars carried a 900 series catalog number. These seven cars were part of three lower priced catalog sets in 1956-57 and were part of a few uncataloged sets. The 800 series cars were not sold separately.
Photo
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:805
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Road Number:805
Model Introduced:1956
Finishpainted & lettered
During the Gilbert days of S-gauge trains, there was a basic standard to their numbering system. In 1956-57, Gilbert produced seven freight cars that broke from that standard. Prior to this time, all non-operating cars carried a 900 series catalog number. These seven cars were part of three lower priced catalog sets in 1956-57 and were part of a few uncataloged sets. The 800 series cars were not sold separately. There are two variations: one is Tuscan plastic while the other is painted Tuscan. The second photo is by Holt Apgar, showing the original AF car in the background, and a repainted version which Holt lettered for the PRR G29 class and an appropriate road #359420 (mid-1950s tuscan red appearance).
Photo
Photo #2
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:911
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O)
Road Number:911
Model Introduced:1955
Finishpainted & lettered
The #911 gondola was produced from 1955 through 1957 and has four variations. The first variation is painted black over either a black or a red plastic body. The word "PROGRESS" is in large letters (29/32" long). The second variation has a black painted body however, the word "PROGRESS" is in small letters (13/16" long). The third variation, shown in the photo, has a black plastic body with large "PROGRESS" lettering. The last variation, made in 1955, is thought to have come in the #5520 set. The car is painted black over a black plastic body it has large lettering and brown pipes. Photo #2 is one of the model that Bill Winans modified for his layout.
Photo
Photo #2
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:916
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Delaware & Hudson (DH)
Road Number:916
Model Introduced:1956
Finishpainted & lettered
The #916 gondola was offered in 1956 and 1957 and has two variations. One variation has capacity markings that read: "LT.WT. 52900" and "CU FT4316". The second variation has capacity markings as follows: "LT.WT. 52300" and "CU FT 4318". Photo #2 shows the same model in the background, with the foreground model being the one that Holt modified to match the prototype for these D&H cars in the mid-1950s. Hold used decals by Highball Graphics and Microscale, as well as dry-transfer numbers by Model Graphics. Flat clear lacquer sealed everything and provided a slightly weathered appearance. The D&H used road numbers #15900 through 15914, and #15950 through 15969 for its 35 gondolas modified for cement canister duty.
Photo
Photo #2
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:920
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Southern Railway (SOU)
Road Number:920
Model Introduced:1953
Finishpainted & lettered
The #920 gondola was sold from 1953 through 1956 and has three variations. The first variation has an unpainted black plastic body, as shown in the photo. The second variation is painted black over either a black or a red plastic body. The third variation is also painted black except it is painted over a green plastic body.
Photo
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:931
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Texas & Pacific (TP)
Road Number:931
Model Introduced:1952
Finishpainted & lettered
The main photo shows three of the five variations of the #931 gondola. The one in the front is the early 1952 version with riveted knuckle couplers, which is the rarest. The middle #931 is a later 1952 version that was painted dark green over a black shell, and used wide letter spacing as did the early variation. The model in the rear of the photo is the more common variation produced between 1953 and 1955. It is lettered using the same method, but it has narrower letter spacing. Photo #2 shows the additional subtle differences between early and late variations. First, above the couplers, the 1952 version had square body ends to clear the coupler (which was common on all 1946-52 gondolas produced by Gilbert), while the 1953-55 version has slanted body ends. A close examination of this photo reveals the riveted coupler which can be seen on the early-1952 car on the right and the later crimped coupler can be seen on the left. Photo #3 shows the underside of the early-1952 model with riveted couplers and a later model with crimped couplers.
Photo
Photo #2
Photo #3
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:941
Category:Gondola
Road Name:St. Louis-San Francisco (SLSF)
Road Number:941
Model Introduced:1953
Finishpainted & lettered
The #941 was produced from 1953 through 1956 and has five variations. The first has a flat finish that is painted over a black body with Type 7 trucks. The second has a gloss tuscan finish that is painted over a black body. The third is painted tuscan over a white body with light blue lettering. The fourth is painted tuscan over a black plastic body with gray or silver-gray lettering. The last variation, shown in the photo, is painted over either a white or a clear plastic body and has white lettering.
Photo
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24109
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O)
Road Number:24109
Model Introduced:1957
Finishpainted & lettered
Greenberg as well as others such as Doyle's book on American Flyer all state that the #24109 was a 1957 item. Although the 1957 AF catalog listed the C&O Gondola as #24109, the car was not produced in 1957 with that number on the car. In fact if you bought a C&O Gondola in 1957 what you would receive would be a #911 C&O Gondola in a #24108 red & white box. In 1957 Gilbert began using their new 5-digit numbering system that they assigned three numbers to each item for accounting purposes. For the C&O Gondola, the three numbers were 24107, 24108 and 24109 depending on how it was to be sold/packaged. Starting in 1958 the C&O Gondola first appeared with "24109" on the car that came in red & white box with "24109 C&O Gondola" printed on the end flaps. Of the five variations, the first variation made in 1958, shown in the photo, has yellow lettering and silver plastic pipes. The second made in 1959 and 1960 has yellow lettering and silver cardboard pipes. The third variation has yellow lettering and brown plastic pipes. The fourth has yellow lettering with orange cardboard pipes. The fifth variation has a black painted body, silver lettering and silver plastic pipes.
Photo
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24110
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Road Number:24110
Model Introduced:1959
Finishpainted & lettered
This uncataloged gondola came in two variations; one variation is unpainted Tuscan plastic, while the second is Tuscan-painted over a black plastic shell.
Photo
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24120
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Texas & Pacific (TP)
Road Number:24120
Model Introduced:1960
Finishpainted & lettered
The uncataloged #24120, with very large letters, was offered in 1960 only, in three variations. The most common, shown in the photo, has a dark green plastic body with Pike-Master trucks and couplers. The second and third variations are very rare and are thought to be pre-production samples. The second variation is painted red over a cream plastic body. The third variation is painted yellow over a red-painted cream plastic body and this variation has black lettering.
Photo
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24124
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Boston & Maine (BM)
Road Number:24124
Model Introduced:1963
Finishpainted & lettered
These models were produced in 1963 and 1964 and had 3 variations. In the photo are two of the variations. The rear unit is the more common unpainted blue-green model. The unit in the foreground has a black shell, which is painted dark blue and is the rarest of the three variations. The third variation is also painted dark blue, but it has painted ladders.
Photo
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24125
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Bethlehem Steel
Road Number:24125
Model Introduced:1960
Finishpainted & lettered
The #24125 gondola was introduced in 1960 and was offered through 1966. According to Greenberg, five variations of the #24125 gondola made from 1960 to 1964. Ted has documentation that indicates the cars were made through 1966. The most common variations consist of three made in 1961 through 1966, all of which have Pike-Master couplers and trucks. All three have light gray plastic bodies. One variation has maroon, orange, or red lettering. The second has red lettering that starts in the far left panel. The third light gray plastic gondola with red lettering that is double stamped on one side. The remaining two variations all are much more rare with a value that is 8 to 10 times more than the three common variations. Both variations come with four 7-5/8"-long metal rail load supported by two metal brackets. The first, which was produced in 1961 as shown in the foreground of the photo, has Pike-Master couplers and trucks, which is painted gray over a medium gray body. The second made in 1960 is painted gray over a black plastic body and has sintered-iron trucks with operating knuckle couplers. With this car the rail load is often lost and individuals have been know to replace the rail load with non-original rails by using rails from straight track. In Photo #2, you will note that the rails used in track sections have two crimps near the end of the rail section that are used to hold the connecting pin in place. The original rails as produced at the Gilbert factory do not have the two crimps in the rails. The 1960 cars that were packaged for separate sale came in Kleer-Pak cartons all of which were painted gray with knuckle couplers.
Photo
Photo #2
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24126
Category:Gondola
Road Name:St. Louis-San Francisco (SLSF)
Road Number:24126
Model Introduced:1961
Finishpainted & lettered
The #24126 gondola was produced in 1961 that has two variations. The more common variation, shown in the background of the main photo, has a Tuscan plastic body. The much more rare variation is painted Tuscan over a Tuscan plastic shell, shown in the foreground, that is a bit lighter in color. The #24126 gondola, when sold as part of a set, came in a set box that contained a cutout in the insert to hold the car in place. The #24126 that was sold separately typically came in a red & white Pike-Master style box. The plastic variation, for what ever reason, came in a plain tan box with the number stamped on one end (see Photo #3).
Photo
Photo #2
Photo #3
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24127
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Monon (MON)
Road Number:24127
Model Introduced:1961
Finishpainted & lettered
The #24127 gondola was produced from 1961 through 1965 and has two variations. The first variation which is not very common has sintered-iron trucks and knuckle couplers. This variation may have been an early 1961 model as Gilbert may have been attempting to use old stock of sintered-iron trucks and couplers since 1961 was the first year of the new Pike-Master line. The second variation, shown in the photo, is the most common that has as Pike-Master trucks and couplers.
Photo
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:C2009
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Texas & Pacific (TP)
Road Number:C-2009
Model Introduced:1962
Finishpainted & lettered
1961-62 Gilbert once again broke from their standard where all items carried a 5-digit catalog number. They produced three engines and three cars, many of which were uncataloged. The light green version in the foreground is common, but the dark green, plastic, model is rare. A third variation exists which is painted dark green over a black shell.
Photo
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Models
Category:Gondola
Prototype Year/Era:1964
Road Name:Grand Trunk Western (GTW)
Road Number:146000
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Special run for the 2010 Spring S-spree, with optional scrap load. Available in two road numbers.
Photo
Photo #2
photo © Ken Garber
Manufacturer:American Models
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Pittsburg & West Virginia (PWV)
Road Number:7245
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
The load was made from broken-up large-scale auto kit parts. This car was also the 1990 NASG Convention car (road number 1990, see Photo #2, which has an added cover).
Photo
Photo #2
photo © Bob Werre
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Western Pacific (WP)
Road Number:1849
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
With coal load #11.
Photo
photo © Craig Tomita
Manufacturer:American Models
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Illinois Central (IC)
Road Number:97008
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:40'
This was one of the 2018 Fall S Fest cars. Model shown with the optional gondola cover.
Photo
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4400
Category:Gondola
Model Introduced:1986
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Photo
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4401
Category:Gondola
Road Name:St. Louis-San Francisco (SLSF)
Model Introduced:1986
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Photo
photo © (American Models stock photo)
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4402
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Wabash (WAB)
Model Introduced:1986
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Photo
photo © (American Models stock photo)
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4403
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Southern Railway (SOU)
Model Introduced:1986
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Photo
photo © (American Models stock photo)
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4404
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Prototype Class:G31d
Model Introduced:1986
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Holt's model was built from the kit version. The model in the background is the original American Models version (with a plain keystone) of the ready-to-run model. The one in the foreground is the older kit version (A.M. #404), which Holt modified by lettering it for the PRR's class G31D, with accurate road number #376128, and with the shadow keystone. These G31D prototypes were built by ACF in 1951-52, and were rebuilt and repainted by PRR shops in 1961-62 (as modeled by Holt).
Photo
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4405
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Great Northern (GN)
Model Introduced:1986
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Photo
photo © (American Models stock photo)
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4406
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Lehigh Valley (LV)
Road Number:32376
Model Introduced:1986
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Holt's model was built from the kit version.
Photo
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4407
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Baltimore & Ohio (B&O)
Road Number:28839
Model Introduced:1986
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Ken's model was built from the kit version. Ken updated the the reporting mark to the later era. The original version is shown in Photo #2.
Photo
Photo #2
photo © Ken Garber
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4408
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O)
Model Introduced:1986
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Photo
photo © (American Models stock photo)
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4409
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Milwaukee Road (MILW)
Model Introduced:1986
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Photo
photo © (American Models stock photo)
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4410
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Southern Pacific (SP)
Model Introduced:1986
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Photo
photo © (American Models stock photo)
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4411
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Western Maryland (WM)
Road Number:54206
Model Introduced:1986
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Shown with a Blue Mountain Hobbies coal load. Ed also added several other details.
Photo
photo © Ed Kirstatter
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4412
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Soo Line (SOO)
Road Number:87981
Model Introduced:1986
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Ken's model was built from the kit version.
Photo
photo © Ken Garber
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4413
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Delaware, Lackawanna & Western (DL&W)
Road Number:69565
Model Introduced:1986
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Photo
photo © (American Models stock photo)
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4414
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Illinois Central (IC)
Model Introduced:1986
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Photo
photo © (American Models stock photo)
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4415
Category:Gondola
Road Name:New York Central (NYC)
Road Number:715229
Model Introduced:1986
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Holt's model was built from the kit version. This paint scheme was good for mid-1950s thru mid-1960s; NYC gons were produced in both black, and red oxide color with white trim schemes.
Photo
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4416
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Nickel Plate Road (NKP)
Model Introduced:1986
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Photo
photo © (American Models stock photo)
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4417
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Norfolk & Western (N&W)
Model Introduced:1986
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Photo
photo © (American Models stock photo)
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4418
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Union Pacific (UP)
Road Number:30419
Model Introduced:1986
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Ken's model was built from the kit version.
Photo
Photo #2
photo © Ken Garber
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4419
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF)
Road Number:166533
Prototype Class:Ga-69
Model Introduced:1986
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Bill's model shows the optional gondola cover that American Models manufacturers (available in several colors and undecorated).
Photo
Photo #2
photo © Bill Winans
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4420
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Burlington Northern (BN)
Road Number:565557
Model Introduced:1986
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Ken's model was built from the kit version.
Photo
photo © Ken Garber
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4421
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR)
Road Number:342518
Model Introduced:1986
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Ken's model was built from the kit version.
Photo
photo © Ken Garber
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4422
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Northern Pacific (NP)
Model Introduced:1986
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Photo
photo © (American Models stock photo)
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4423
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Pere Marquette (PM)
Road Number:18948
Model Introduced:1986
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
2006 NASG Convention car. Available with three road numbers. Includes 4-coil load. This car was updated later with more recent reporting mark. See Photo #2 for the original.
Photo
Photo #2
photo © Ken Garber
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4423DH
Category:Gondola
Prototype Year/Era:1951
Road Name:Delaware & Hudson (DH)
Road Number:15981
Model Introduced:1986
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Ken's model was built from the kit version. Photo #2 is Holt's partially re-painted model, to represent the car as it was in its mid-1950s appearance. This class of mill gondolas (#13700 - 13899) was built by Pullman Standard in 1951. The model features Highball Graphics decals and Model Graphics dry transfers for the lettering and numbers, sealed with a flat clear lacquer.
Photo
Photo #2
photo © Ken Garber
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4424
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Reading (RDG)
Prototype Class:GHm
Model Introduced:1986
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Holt's model was built from the kit version. The Reading GHm class of 52'6" gons were built by Bethlehem Steel in 1951-52. These are 70-ton gondolas #33000 - 33999. A few small decals were added, and the kit's original road number was modified from 30078 to 33078 to fit the prototype GHm 52' class. The appearance is late 1950s.
Photo
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4425
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Denver & Rio Grande Western (D&RGW)
Road Number:30776
Model Introduced:1986
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Photo
photo © Steve Wolcott
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4426
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Chicago & North Western (CNW)
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Photo
photo © (American Models stock photo)
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4427
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Conrail (CR)
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Photo
photo © (American Models stock photo)
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4428
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Missouri Pacific (MP)
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Photo
photo © (American Models stock photo)
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4429
Category:Gondola
Prototype Year/Era:1970
Road Name:Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CBQ)
Road Number:83287
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Photo
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4430
Category:Gondola
Road Name:New York, New Haven & Hartford (NH)
Road Number:62007
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Bethlehem Steel built 15 of these gondolas for the NH in 1959, for assignment to the large brass foundries in Waterbury, CT.
Photo
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4430b
Category:Gondola
Road Name:New York, New Haven & Hartford (NH)
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Model shown with the optional gondola cover.
Photo
photo © (American Models stock photo)
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4431
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Pittsburgh & Lake Erie (P&LE)
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Photo
photo © (American Models stock photo)
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4432
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Rock Island (RI/ROCK)
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Photo
photo © (American Models stock photo)
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4433
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Norfolk Southern (NS)
Road Number:187567
Model Introduced:2004
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Ken's model was built from the kit version.
Photo
photo © Ken Garber
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4433R
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Norfolk Southern (NS)
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Photo
photo © (American Models stock photo)
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4434
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Virginian (VGN)
Model Introduced:2004
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Photo
photo © (American Models stock photo)
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4435
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Illinois Central (IC)
Model Introduced:2006
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Photo
photo © (American Models stock photo)
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4436G
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Missouri Kansas Texas (MKT)
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Model shown with the optional MKT-colored gondola cover.
Photo
photo © (American Models stock photo)
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4436R
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Missouri Kansas Texas (MKT)
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Photo
photo © (American Models stock photo)
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4437
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Texas & Pacific (TP)
Model Introduced:2016
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Photo
photo © (American Models stock photo)
Manufacturer:American Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:4438
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Seaboard Air Line (SAL)
Road Number:6542
Model Introduced:2017
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:52'
Photo
photo © (American Models stock photo)
Manufacturer:Arden Scale Models
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Road Number:357359
Product Type:Wood Kit
Finishpainted & lettered
Prototype Dimensions:40'
Composite 70-ton gondola kit consisting of mostly wood, with cast plastic ends slightly warped. In the model shown in the photo, Ed replaced the crude cross bearers, AB brake system parts, and the warped ends. He had to add truck bolsters for the S-Helper Service trucks he used. The boards were scribed for 6" boards. The sides were pre-painted in the kit, so he used Floquil's box car red to come close to the original. Kadee S-scale #808 couplers were installed.
Photo
Photo #2
Photo #3
photo © Ed Kirstatter
Manufacturer:Arden Scale Models
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Southern Railway (SOU)
Road Number:192103
Product Type:Wood Kit
Finishpainted & lettered
This model of a 41-foot gondola consisted of wood and plastic parts. Added were ACE trucks and American Models dummy couplers.
Photo
photo © Ed Kirstatter
Manufacturer:B.T.S. (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:09201
Category:Gondola
Model Introduced:2009
Product Type:Resin Kit
Finishunpainted
52'6", 100-ton, Evans gondola. The kit consists of urethane castings and detailing parts.
Photo
photo © (B.T.S. stock photo)
Manufacturer:B.T.S. (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:09604
Category:Gondola
Model Introduced:2008
Product Type:Resin Kit
Finishunpainted
34-foot, truss-rod. The kit does not include trucks, couplers, or decals. It is a generic gondola that is an extension of the #09603 flat car.
Photo
photo © (B.T.S. stock photo)
Manufacturer:Branch Line Models
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Atlantic Coast Line (ACL)
Prototype Class:GT
Model Introduced:1961
Product Type:Wood Kit
Finishunpainted
Prototype Dimensions:40'
Model Online Article:visit site
This was a wood craftsman kit with molded ends and Enhorning decals with a photo of the completed model to aid your lettering included. A complicated kit to build. Trucks are from Pacific Rail Shops with replacement metal wheels and Kadee #802 couplers. Putting in a load of Chooch gears brought this wooden car up to 4-1/2 ounces. Some extra underbody details were added. The Atlantic Coast Line only had 141 of these GT cars. They were used as coal cars, thus the reinforcing with the top cords.
Photo
photo © Ed Kirstatter
Manufacturer:Central Hobby Supply
Category:Gondola
Road Name:New York Central (NYC)
Product Type:Plastic Kit
Finish(unknown)
Model Online Article:visit site
West ShoreLine Kits were manufactured exclusively for Central Hobby Supply.
Photo
photo © (Central Hobby Supply stock photo)
Manufacturer:Cleveland Designs
Manufacturer ID:RG
Category:Gondola
Model Introduced:1937
Product Type:Wood & Cardboard Kit
Finishpainted & lettered
Model Online Article:visit site
Photo
photo © (Cleveland Designs stock photo)
Manufacturer:Cryer Gray Foundry (click for web site)
Category:Gondola
Prototype Year/Era:1945
Road Name:New York Central (NYC)
Model Introduced:2007
Product Type:Brass
Finishunpainted
This NYC model is based on the N&W class G4 52'6" War Emergency gondola. This model is the 1950 one with steel sides and floor. A composite version was also produced by Cryer Gray.
Photo
photo © Jim Kindraka
Manufacturer:Cryer Gray Foundry (click for web site)
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Norfolk & Western (N&W)
Model Introduced:2007
Product Type:Brass
Finishunpainted
This represents the as-built version.
Photo
Photo #2
Photo #3
photo © Bill Lane
Manufacturer:Cryer Gray Foundry (click for web site)
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Prototype Class:G30a
Model Introduced:2007
Product Type:Brass
Finishunpainted
The PRR removed the top tie-down wire.
Photo
photo © Bill Lane
Manufacturer:Cryer Gray Foundry (click for web site)
Category:Gondola
Prototype Year/Era:1943
Road Name:Rock Island (RI/ROCK)
Model Introduced:2007
Product Type:Brass
Finishunpainted
This Rock Island model is based on the N&W class G4 52'6" War Emergency gondola. This model is the 1950 one which has steel sides and a wooden floor. A composite version was also produced by Cryer Gray.
Photo
photo © Jim Kindraka
Manufacturer:Des Plaines Hobbies
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Chicago & North Western (CNW)
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Photo
photo © Bob Werre
Manufacturer:Des Plaines Hobbies
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Milwaukee Road (MILW)
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Photo
photo © Bob Werre
Manufacturer:Eastern Road Models (click for web site)
Category:Gondola
Prototype Year/Era:1915
Road Name:Canadian National Railways (CNR)
Prototype Class:GS
Model Introduced:2016
Product Type:3D-printed Plastic
Finishunpainted
For road numbers 124750 through 124999.
Photo
Photo #2
photo © (Eastern Road Models stock photo)
Manufacturer:Eastern Road Models (click for web site)
Category:Gondola
Prototype Year/Era:1928
Road Name:Canadian National Railways (CNR)
Model Introduced:2019
Product Type:3D-printed Plastic
Finishunpainted
Hart Convertible. For road numbers 98105 through 99749.
Photo
Photo #2
photo © (Eastern Road Models stock photo)
Manufacturer:Eastern Road Models (click for web site)
Category:Gondola
Prototype Year/Era:1927
Road Name:Grand Trunk Western (GTW)
Model Introduced:2019
Product Type:3D-printed Plastic
Finishunpainted
Hart Convertible. For road numbers 94000 through 94099.
Photo
Photo #2
photo © (Eastern Road Models stock photo)
Manufacturer:Funaro and Camerlengo (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:S-210
Category:Gondola
Prototype Year/Era:1926
Road Name:New York Central (NYC)
Model Introduced:1999
Product Type:Plastic Kit
Finishunpainted
41-foot, 55-ton steel gondola with a flat steel floor. The prototype cars were built in 1926-7 by NYC in lot 542G numbers 361000 to 361499. This was a craftsman resin casting flat kit with decals included. A lot of work filing and fitting all of those parts together. Ed added Northeastern Bettendorf type of trucks and Kadee #808 couplers, as well as some other small detail parts. Ed put a load in it (not shown) to add some weight to this light plastic model, which brought it up to 7-1/2 ounces. The second photo is the F&C stock photo.
Photo
Photo #2
photo © Ed Kirstatter
Manufacturer:Funaro and Camerlengo (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:S-218
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Prototype Class:GR
Model Introduced:1991
Product Type:Plastic Kit
Finishunpainted
This car was produced by F&C for Central Hobby Supply (under their "West Shore Line" brand name). This was a flat resin kit, which included decals. S-Helper Service Y type trucks and Kadee S #802 couplers were added, as well as a retainer valve and sill steps. The car, as shown, weighs 4 ounces. The model represents the rebuilt version that lasted from 1911 until the 1950s.
Photo
Photo #2
photo © Ed Kirstatter
Manufacturer:Kinsman Scale Models
Category:Gondola
Prototype Year/Era:1949
Road Name:Pittsburgh & Lake Erie (P&LE)
Product Type:Wood Kit
Finishunpainted
The ends come down.
Photo
photo © Bob Werre
Manufacturer:Lehigh Valley Models
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Erie Railroad (ERIE)
Model Introduced:1996
Product Type:Craftsman Kit
Finishunpainted
65' drop-end mill gondola with working drop ends. It came with C-D-S lettering, and was available with either scale or hi-rail trucks.
Photo
photo © (Lehigh Valley Models stock photo)
Manufacturer:Lionel
Manufacturer ID:4-9300
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CBQ)
Road Number:9300
Model Introduced:1980
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Photo
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:Lionel
Manufacturer ID:6-41024
Category:Gondola
Road Name:U.S. Forest Service
Model Introduced:2015
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
2015 TTOS car.
Photo
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:Lionel (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:6-47964
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Norfolk Southern (NS)
Road Number:197572
Model Introduced:2016
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Photo
photo © (Lionel stock photo)
Manufacturer:Lionel
Manufacturer ID:6-48525
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CBQ)
Road Number:197190
Model Introduced:2001
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
52'6".
Photo
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:Lionel (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:6-48549
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Union Pacific (UP)
Road Number:48549
Model Introduced:2007
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
With canisters.
Photo
photo © (Lionel stock photo)
Manufacturer:Lionel (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:6-48879
Category:Gondola
Road Name:New York, New Haven & Hartford (NH)
Road Number:61002
Model Introduced:2016
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Includes pipe load.
Photo
photo © (Lionel stock photo)
Manufacturer:Pennsy S Models (click for web site)
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Prototype Class:G26
Model Introduced:2002
Product Type:Brass
Finishpainted & lettered
The model was available painted and lettered with the "circle keystone" paint scheme (see main photo), the later "shadow keystone" paint scheme, and unpainted. The model featured drop-ends (see Photo #3). Photo #2 is one that Bill Lane took of his model converted to an N&W G3 (Jerry Glow's decals). Trivia: Bob Werre has the first model sold to the public.
Photo
Photo #2
Photo #3
photo © Bill Lane
Manufacturer:Perma-Bilt
Manufacturer ID:9168
Category:Gondola
Prototype Year/Era:1937
Road Name:Milwaukee Road (MILW)
Product Type:Metal Kit
Finishunpainted
Prototype Dimensions:40'
A rare, all-metal gondola kit from back in the 1950s. This craftsman kit of metal stampings and a formed tin box to put the sides and ends onto. The stamped sides were pre-painted with lettering but no numbers. Its lettering was for a 55-ton car of the GB class. Ed added S-Helper Service's Bettendorf type trucks and Kadee #802 couplers. Some additional details were added when he built this model in April of 2009. It weighs 8 ounces without a load.
Photo
photo © Ed Kirstatter
Manufacturer:Pre-Size Model Specialties (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:PS576
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Missouri Pacific (MP)
Model Introduced:2019
Product Type:Kit
Finishunpainted
Prototype Dimensions:52-1/2'
The model represents the car built by the Greenville Steel Car Company in the 1970s. The kit is a one-piece body of high-quality resin with a separate underframe making for easy assembly. Includes weights, grab irons, brake details, and decals for both MP and UP. Trucks and couplers are not included.
Photo
Photo #2
Photo #3
photo © (Pre-Size Model Specialties stock photo)
Manufacturer:Regal Kits
Category:Gondola
Prototype Year/Era:1934
Road Name:Bessemer & Lake Erie (BLE)
Prototype Class:GB
Product Type:Wood Kit
Finishunpainted
These kits consisted of wood components with soft-metal and strap brass details, Enhorning decals, and formed grab irons. The kit came with the B&LE decals. Ed added S-Helper Service's 70-ton trucks, Kadee S-scale #802 couplers, replaced the wood ends with metal ones, and added some other little details. A picture of this car can be found in a 1937 Car Builders' Cyclopedia on page 227. Without trucks.
Photo
photo © Ed Kirstatter
Manufacturer:Regal Kits
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Milwaukee Road (MILW)
Road Number:302758
Product Type:Wood Kit
Finishunpainted
Prototype Dimensions:40'
Supplemental:view page
These kits consisted of wood components with soft-metal and strap brass details, Enhorning decals, and formed grab irons. The kit was reviewed in the March 1965 S Gauge Herald. Without trucks.
Photo
Photo #2
photo © Bob Hogan
Manufacturer:Regal Kits
Category:Gondola
Road Name:New York Central (NYC)
Product Type:Wood Kit
Finishunpainted
Prototype Dimensions:65'
Supplemental:view page
These kits consisted of wood components with soft-metal and strap brass details, Enhorning decals, and formed grab irons. The product was reviewed in the April 1963 S Gauge Herald. Photo #2 is of the model owned by Bill Morris. Without trucks.
Photo
Photo #2
photo © Dick Karnes
Manufacturer:Regal Kits
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Prototype Class:G22
Product Type:Wood Kit
Finishunpainted
Prototype Dimensions:48'
Supplemental:view page
These kits consisted of wood components with soft-metal and strap brass details, Enhorning decals, and formed grab irons. Without trucks. The main photo shows Dick's model on which he used Northeastern Scale Models sprung Bettendorf trucks, and HO-scale Kadee couplers. The product was reviewed in the October 1962 S Gauge Herald. Photo #2 is Ed's model to which he added some extra details, such as S-Helper Service's Y-type trucks and Kadee S-scale #802 couplers. The removable wood load was made from lots of ice cream bar sticks! It weighs 8-3/4 ounces, partly due to the brass bar put in the center sill.
Photo
Photo #2
photo © Dick Karnes
Manufacturer:Rem's Railroad Models
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Durango & Silverton (D&SNG)
Model Introduced:1999
Product Type:Kit
Finish(unknown)
Excursion gondola.
Photo
Manufacturer:Rex Engineering
Manufacturer ID:7
Category:Gondola
Prototype Year/Era:1947
Model Introduced:1955
Product Type:Craftsman Kit
Finishunpainted
Supplemental:view page
The low-side gondola was a one-piece car body casting kit made out of zamac (a zinc, aluminum, magnesium, and copper alloy). It was available in scale (ID #7) or hi-rail (ID #8) versions. Trucks were available separately, but the kit did not come with them nor decals. The product was reviewed in the January 1963 S Gauge Herald (see Online Article link). It was listed in the 1968 S&P Distributors catalog (see Supplemental link). The model shown in the main photo is owned by Randy Brown. The Southern gondola (#55961-56560) was the actual prototype for this model. The main photo shows Dick's model, which was built by Randy Brown, and painted and lettered for the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western using Enhorning decals. Photo #3 shows a load of canisters (desiccators) which were placed using AAR Rules Governing Loads for Open Top Cars guidelines. Kadee S-scale #802 couplers and ACE Bettendorf sprung trucks are used. Photo #4 shows another of Ed's models, which was a hi-rail version which he converted to "scale" appearance and operation. He removed all cast-on grab irons, which were replaced with wire ones. It has Rex trucks and the Kadee S-scale couplers. A complete detailed under-body was added, replacing the simple hi-rail one. It is decaled with Great Decals from Bill Mosteller, a set converted from a Champion set to S-scale. The simulated scrap load is from Royal Train Equipment made to fit in an American Flyer gondola but it fits here loosely. The Virginian G-5 class car is a little longer than the Rex model but the decal fits OK.
Photo
Photo #2
Photo #3
Photo #4
photo © Dick Karnes
Manufacturer:Smoky Mountain Model Works (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:64-G1
Category:Gondola
Prototype Year/Era:1924
Road Name:Southern Railway (SOU)
Model Introduced:2006
Product Type:Resin Kit
Finishunpainted
Southern 41' low-side steel gondola kit with roman lettering, Andrews trucks, and Kadee S-scale couplers. Photo #2 shows Gerry's version, decorated for the ATSF. Gerry did a product review of the kit in the June 2007 issue of the NASG's Dispatch.
Photo
Photo #2
photo © (Smoky Mountain Model Works stock photo)
Manufacturer:Smoky Mountain Model Works (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:64-G2
Category:Gondola
Prototype Year/Era:1924
Road Name:Southern Railway (SOU)
Model Introduced:2006
Product Type:Resin Kit
Finishunpainted
Southern 41' low-side steel gondola kit with block lettering, Bettendorf trucks, and Kadee S-scale couplers. Al applied a lot of weathering to his model.
Photo
Photo #2
photo © Alvin Clapp
Manufacturer:Smoky Mountain Model Works (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:64-G3
Category:Gondola
Prototype Year/Era:1928
Road Name:Southern Railway (SOU)
Model Introduced:2006
Product Type:Resin Kit
Finishunpainted
Prototype Dimensions:41'
Some of these cars were converted into composite gondolas by the prototype railroad. This kit based on those composite gondolas. The kit comes with S-Helper Service trucks.
Photo
Photo #2
photo © Alvin Clapp
Manufacturer:Western S Gauge
Category:Gondola
Product Type:Plastic
Finish(unknown)
Photo
Manufacturer:Wisconsin Central Supply
Manufacturer ID:WC-110
Category:Gondola
Model Introduced:1972
Product Type:Craftsman Kit
Finishunpainted
Prototype Dimensions:40'
Interurban car kit, using Northeastern wood, and Grandt Line styrene castings. It is a model based on a Milwaukee Road gondola.
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