MOW Gondolas

Conrail had hundreds of 40', 46', 52', and 65' gondolas pulling a variety of duties in MOW service. Tie gons, gons hauling scrap rail cars, panel turnouts and other miscellaneous items can be seen here.

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The 791G class was built by Greenville in 1949 as NYC 712500-713099, totaling 600 cars. Some of the remaining cars in this class on Conrail finished out their last years in MOW service.
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The 829G class is a group of 1000 gondolas built by Greenville in 1951 as NYC 715600-716599. Some of these cars survived into the Conrail era and were used in MOW service.
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The 970G class consists of 700 cars rebuilt from lot 702G cars by the NYC in 1965. Some of these cars that made it to Conrail were assigned to MOW service.
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These 46' gondolas were rebuilt by the PRR from class G22 cars in 1930.
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The PRR began rebuilding some class G26C gondolas with a fishbelly and interior center divider to carry panel-track switches as early as 1966. These rebuilds continued under the PC and CR years, with some cars being rebuilt into the early 1980s. Conrail labeled some of these cars "PANELIZED TURN OUT CARRIER"s on the left-hand side.
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The G32B class consists of 600 cars rebuilt from class G32A gondolas by the PRR in 1966, formerly PRR 317400-318899.
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The G37 class consists of 450 mill gondolas built by the PRR at their Sam Rea shops in 1957 in the series PRR 379400-379849. Later on in Conrail, as these cars became older, many were renumbered and placed into MOW service.
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Former PC cars
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Former PRR cars.
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Former PC cars.
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Conrail's class G46 65' gondolas were built by Fruehauf for the PC in 1972.
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Former EL cars.
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Former EL cars.
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Former EL cars.
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Former EL cars.
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Former EL cars.
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Former LV cars.
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Former RDG cars.
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Former RDG cars.
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Former RDG class GHt gondolas, previously numbered RDG 30400-30549.
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Former RDG cars.
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CR GP-30 2243 and U33B 2929 storm past RDG MOW gondola 96331 at Abrams yard in February, 1977.
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Car is ex NYC 749226 and was built 3-26. When the car came to Conrail, it served as part of the Selkirk Wreck Train.
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Car is ex NYC 628300 and was built 5-25. According to Lon, these gons were rebuilt by NYC from 1951-1954 from various lots. Seen here in early 1997.
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Car is ex LV (93082?) and was built 8-26.
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Car is ex CR 510398/EL 12050 and was built 5-52.
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Car is ex RDG.
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MOW gondola CR 64951 and CR 527342 rest at the Bethlehem engine terminal in December, 1988.
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Car is ex CR 596965/RDG 31667 and was built 10-56. Car was deleted 12/30/98.
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Car is ex LV and is seen here in November 1993 in MOW service.
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Conrail 66153 is seen at Palmyra, PA
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Conrail 66153 is seen at Columbia, PA
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Seen here in November 1993 in MOW service.
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Car is ex RDG and is seen here in June 1994.
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CR MOW Gon 66222 is seen in the consist of a train at Allentown, Pa 3/1996
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CR 66303 is seen at Walnuttown, PA
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Conrail 66309 is seen at Cove, PA in April, 1989
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Conrail 66328 is seen at Rochester, PA
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Conrail 66328 is seen at Rochester, PA
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Car is seen here in September 1994 assigned to captive MOW service.
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Conrail 66423 is seen at Rochester, PA
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Conrail 67077 is seen at Columbia, PA
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Car is ex DLW 68627.
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Far from the busy early days of Conrail in 1977, the Bethlehem engine terminal and yard appeared almost unused in December, 1988.

Although the timeless steam-era coaling tower remains along with a few gondolas, all the LV Cornell red switchers and Alcos are long gone.

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