Five New Gondolas Arrive
These cars are of particular interest to me as when I was an Assistant Trainmaster for the BNSF in Fresno, California we would get cuts of about 20 of these cars delivered by the Union Pacific for us to spot to several local scrap customers. Specifically, Levi's Iron and Metal Company and Bruno's Iron and Metal. I would usually make a recon run before the third shift yard jobs came on duty to verify the list of the interchange cars. Handing an accurate list to the switch crews from the beginning could avoid significant delay!
There will be a scrap dealer on my Vicksburg Terminal layout that will be supplied primarily with these cars. Today's delivery brings the fleet of MP gondolas up to seven. The new arrivals include three more cars with the UPRR shield logo: MP 651187, MP 651216, and MP 651255. In addition, two pre-merger cars wearing the Missouri Pacific eagle logo were delivered: MP 650911 and MP 651112. These care are simply stunning!