52' Gondolas

The 52' gondola was the mainstay of Conrail's gondola fleet, hauling everything from scrap and slabs to finished steel coils. Unlike some other car types, Conrail's thirst for gondolas remained steady throughout the entire life of the railroad. Big Blue bolstered its gondola fleet throughout the years by rebuilding old cars into the G52M, G52N, G52P and G52Q classes, and also purchased used gondolas from roads like the Rock Island, P&LE, Bethlehem Steel, MKT, MP, and the DT&I.

Class 120G

Class 120G was constructed by the NYC Despatch Shops in 1967, totaling 450 cars.

Class 130G

Class 130G was a group of 250 cars built by the NYC Despatch Shops. The cars originally carried the AAR designation GBS and were intended for hot slab use for Bethlehem Steel at either their Lackawana or Burns Harbor Works

Class G31 and subclasses

The PRR built 2900 G31 class gondolas at Altoona between 1948-1951. In 1951-52, the PRR also began building gondolas in subclasses G31A through G31E, which had wood floors instead of steel. Some cars in the G31D class were built with covers, extended sides and covers, or fitted with skids and hoods for steel coil service (as were some G31E cars). Rebuilds of G31 through G31E classes yielded the G31F - G31M classes.

Class G32C

Former PRR cars

Class G35

The G35 class was built by the PRR at Altoona in 1952-53, totaling 1900 cars. Several hundred were rebuilt from 1969-73 into the G35A class.

Class G35A

ex PRR

Class G43 and subclasses

Tangent Scale Models now produces an excellent HO scale model covering the four G43 subclasses.

Class G47

The G47's were built as PC 564950-565449 & 580100-581099 by Fruehauf during 1971 & 1972. CR 564950-565449 ex PC 564950-565449 were built with wood floors while CR 580100-581099 ex PC 580100-581099 were built with steel floors. 150 G47's were rebodied and reclassed as G52N's. 190 cars originally built with wood floors were rebuilt with steel floors and renumbered CR 581100-581199 & CR 585100-585189. Even more cars were renumbered, this time into the 600000 series for steel coil loading only.

Class G52C

CR 581700-582283 series

Class G52D

CR 582284-582669 series.

Class G52E

CR 584000-584098 ex Rock Island 400000-400299 series. Cars built by Thrall in 1971. Cars aquired by CR in 1980.

Class G52K

The G52K class of Berwick-built cars was purchased in 1990 from a mixed bag of Bethlehem Steel roads: the PB&NE, P&BR, and Beth Steel in-plant roads.

Class G52M

Class G52M (CR series 587000-587249) were rebodied from class GE52H (EL series 44100-44599) gondolas by the Hollidaysburg, PA car shops in 1992.

Class G52N

CR 587700-588249 series were rebodied from G47 class gons by Holidaysburg between 1992-1993

Class G52P

Class G52P (CR series 588250-588649) were rebodied from various G43 classes by the Hollidaysburg, PA car shops in 1993 and 1994.

Class G52Q

Class G52Q (CR series 587300-587519) was rebodied by the Hollidaysburg, PA car shops in 1992 from Class 120G gondolas (NYC 720000-720449 series).

Class GL52A

CR 584701-584789 series are from D&H 14501-14596 nee LV 40000-40099 series. Cars were built by Bethlehem Steel in 1970. Acquired by CR from the D&H in 1989.

Class GR52C

Originally built as RDG 38800-39099 and originally assigned CR 579394-579693 series. Some GR52C's were renumbered throughout the Conrail gondola number series as various cars were either rebuilt or retired.

Class GX52A

CR 585000-585099 series are ex DT&I 9600-9799 series gons. Cars were built by Thrall in 1971.

CR 585700-585949 Trinity Built

CR 585700-585949 series was built by Trinity in 1998. In 2006, the lease on most cars was terminated and returned to lessor, Bombardier Capital Rail Inc. Since being returned, these cars have carried TR, NRLX, UP & ATW reporting marks. There are 40 cars still carrying CR marks that have not been returned to Bombardier.

ex CBNS Gondolas

A group of gondolas that Conrail purchased from the shortline CBNS (Cape Brenton and Central Nova Scotia).

ex-P&LE Gondolas

CR 603800-603824 were former P&LE cars leased from DJ Joseph beginning May 1989, from CPAA series 344825-344874, ex P&LE ????? built in 1967.

ex-Rock Island Gondolas

CR 603800-603824 were former Rock Island cars leased from DJ Joseph beginning May 1989, from CPAA series 344800-344824, built in 1973 as RI 3820-3869.

BSC 3315

BSC 3315 is seen at Steelton PA on 9/28/97. Car is ex CR of a unknown class, possibly a G35 or G35A?

CR 514167 Altoona, PA 4-11-1981

CR RS-3M's 9929 and 9937 idling at the Altoona yard in April, 1981. CR gondola 514167 is one of many empties in yard tracks behind the deadline.

CR 514291 and CR 510728 at Altoona, PA

Conrail gondolas 514291 and 510728 are seen at Altoona, PA in 1983, hauling prime movers for the Juniata Shops.

CR 522606

CR 522606 was photographed at Ferndale, MI on 5/23/78. Car is ex EL 16529/ERIE 16529 and was built 4-54 (1761 cuft.)

CR 524103

CR 524103 is seen at Perdix, PA.

CR 524924

Photo taken May 1977.

CR 525122 - Class 970G

Car is ex PC 525122/NYC ?/NYC 710???, and was rebuilt in 1965 at Beech Grove from lot 702-G gons, which were built by DSI in 1941.

CR 550544

CR 550544 is seen at Perdix, PA.  Car is ex PC 550544.

CR 579392

CR 579392 is seen at Altoona, PA.

CR 586055

CR 586055 is seen in the consist of ALPI-4F at Altoona, PA on 3/5/99. Car is ex MSDR 51041/P&LE 51041 and was later restenciled back to MSDR 51041 in May of 1999 then became HS 10500 and is now CAGY 2073.

CR 586101

CR 586101 (ex MSDR 51046/PLE 51046) is at Stoney Creek, PA in May 1998 (exact date unknown). Car would later become SRLX 2304, then AM 703.

CR 611419

CR 611419 is seen at Columbia, PA.

LV 32871 with loadup car PC 461066

LV 32871, loaded with wrecked PC 461066 (former New Haven), passing through Youngstown, OH in June 1978.

PRR 317913 - Class G32B

PRR 317913 was photographed passing the Republic Steel facilities in Youngstown, OH in March 1980. Car was built 6(?)-53; shopped 5(?)-66 at Sam Rea.

RDG 33322 - RDG Class GHm

RDG 33322 is seen at Hollidaysburg, PA in storage.

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