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

Poet, author, servant of God the Heavenly father and the Lord Jesus Christ...working out his salvation with fear and trembling. - Not trusting in his own deeds, but depending totally upon the finished sacrificial work of Jesus Christ to be, by God's reckoning, a new creature, clothed in Christ's righteousness...which mortal humankind can never attain by their own weak efforts, apart from faith in Christ's work on our behalf. - College-educated, yet wise enough to see that what a man does will not be his ultimate identity nor affect how God sees him or her. - Called by God to do a very difficult thing...apart from God's grace, mercy and strength...to love the sinner (which we all--by nature--are) but hate the sin, which is only paid through Christ, God's Son, - My own God-given gift is that of being a Poet..showing that in all parts of life...God has a loving part in it...as hard as that is to always understand or perceive...given life's realities! Come join me on my journey of discovery?.

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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