Gondola Abuse 101

RATHER LIKE PREWASHING JEANS SO THEY’LL LOOK FADED!!!! 🙂

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I recently posted my process for making quick and easy scrap metal loads. The loads are ragged and rusty, and need equally distressed gondolas to haul them. Here’s how I add years of abuse to my gondolas – in under two hours:

This one started with an Atlas 52′ Thrall gondola.

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After removing the trucks, I carefully pressed a hot soldering pencil to the inside of the car walls, between each of the ribs. (This should be done in a well-ventilated area.) It takes a little practice to do enough melting without doing too much. Here’s a short clip of the “melting” process:

This process leaves a stringy mess inside the gondola and a few holes in the sides.

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I cleaned up the inside using a Dremel tool with a burr bit. (Wear safety glasses and a dust mask whenever you use a high-speed rotary tool.)

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Next I used a pallet knife…

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About Jonathan Caswell

Mr. Caswell has been composing poetry at least since High School. He has been on WORD PRESS for ten years and contributes to two other blogs beside this one. This blog has a Christian emphasis but all bloggers are welcome. Mr. Caswell chooses to---with permission--re[post material of interest

2 thoughts on “Gondola Abuse 101

  1. Jonathan Caswell Post author

    I KNOW…! Too many interesting things…model railroading, girls, fashion, other poets, life experiences, uplifting the value of women especially, my Christian faith (and spreading it),
    archaeology, trains, macro-economics, culture, redheads, fighting prejudice, empathy for those of us with particular limitations, certain kinds of music and folklore, industrial process and economics, food preparation, ginger, Moxie Soda, ethnic history, …! You are right—I’ve created a MONSTER!!!! 🙂 BUT…I will try…to reduce the reblogging…I get lost, too, sometimes. 🙂

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