Class “G” – Gondola

AAR Class “G” Gondola Car Data

*See notes at the bottom of the page for specifics

GA

  • Gondola Car. This car has sides and ends open at top, and drop bottom; suitable for general coal or ore trade, stone or general trade
    An Open Top Car having fixed sides and ends and drop bottom, consisting of doors hinged crosswise of car to dump between rails

GB

  • An Open Top Car, having fixed sides and ends and solid bottom, suitable for mill trade, but not having sufficient cubic capacity to carry its marked capacity of bituminous coal
  • An Open Top Car, having fixed sides, fixed or drop ends and solid bottom, suitable for mill trade (includes former GK, GKA, GM and GMA)

GC

  • Gondola Coke Car. Gondola car fitted with coke racks and having drop bottoms

GD

  • Gondola Car. A car open on top, having side dump arrangements, and having sufficient strength and cubic capacity to carry its marked capacity of bituminous coal

GD

  • An Open Top Car, having fixed ends, solid bottom and sides equipped with doors for dumping and having sufficient cubic capacity to carry its marked capacity of bituminous coal
  • An Open Top Car, having fixed or drop ends, solid bottom and sides equipped with doors for dumping

GDA

  • An Open Top Car, having fixed ends, solid bottom and sides equipped with doors for dumping, but not having sufficient cubic capacity to carry its marked capacity of bituminous coal

GE

  • Gondola car having drop bottoms and drop ends; suitable for general coal or ore or mill trade
  • An Open Top Car, having fixed sides, drop ends and drop bottom, consisting of doors hinged crosswise of car to dump between rails

GF

  • A Gondola Car equipped with coke racks and having solid bottoms

GH

  • An Open Top Car, having fixed sides, drop ends and drop bottom, consisting of doors hinged at centre sills to dump outside of rails

GK

  • An Open Top Car, having fixed sides and ends and solid bottom, suitable for mill trade and having sufficient cubic capacity to carry its marked capacity of bituminous coal (reclassified into GB)

GKA

  • An Open Top Car, having fixed sides and ends and solid bottom, not suitable for mill trade and having sufficient cubic capacity to carry its marked capacity of bituminous coal (reclassified into GB)

GM

  • A Gondola Car open on top, with solid bottoms, low sides and drop ends, to facilitate twin shipments, suitable for mill trade, but not having sufficient strength or cubic capacity to carry its marked capacity of bituminous coal
  • An Open Top Car, having low fixed sides and drop ends and solid bottom, suitable for mill trade, but not having sufficient cubic capacity to carry its marked capacity of bituminous coal (reclassified into GB)

GMA

  • An Open Top Car, having low fixed sides and drop ends and solid bottom, suitable for mill trade, and having sufficient cubic capacity to carry its marked capacity of bituminous coal (reclassified into GB)

GP

  • An Open Top Car with solid bottom and fixed sides and ends surmounted by racks, and provided with side door openings. Suitable for handling pulpwood. – (7/32 – 4/38)

GR

  • An Open Top Car, having fixed sides and ends and level bottom, with one or more hoppers dumping between rails, or between and outside of rails (reclassified HE)

GRA

  • An Open Top Car, having fixed sides and ends and level bottom with one or more hoppers dumping outside of rails

GS

  • A Gondola Car with fixed sides and ends, and flat bottom composed of dump doors hung at inside edge, and dumping to the side of track
  • An Open Top Car, having fixed sides and ends and drop bottom, consisting of doors hinged at centre sills to dump outside of rails
  • An Open Top Car, having fixed sides and ends and drop bottom, consisting of doors hinged at centre sills or side sills to dump outside of rails
  • An Open Top Car, having fixed sides and ends and drop bottom, consisting of doors hinged at centre sills or side sills to dump outside and/or inside of rails

GT

  • An Open Top Car, having high fixed sides and ends and solid bottom, suitable for unloading coal on dumping machines only, but not suitable for mill trade
  • Open top car, having high fixed sides and fixed or hinged ends and solid bottom, suitable for unloading on dumping machines only

GW

  • A Gondola Well – Hole Car for transportation of special commodities. A solid bottom car with fixed sides and ends, having one or more openings or depressions provided in floor, permitting the lading to be lowered in order to obtain overhead clearance

NOTES

When gondola cars are equipped with any or all of the modifications as provided for in the following Notes 1, 2, and 3, the suffixes as provided for shall be added to the primary classification in the order of the notes as listed

  1. If any of these gondola cars are equipped with coke racks, the letter C should be affixed to the regular symbol to designate its special class of service
  2. If any of these gondola cars are equipped with a roof or are covered for protection of contents the letter R should be affixed to the regular symbol to designate the special class of service
  3. Where cars are equipped with a permanent racks for stowing parts or are specially modified or equipped to provide for loading of a particular commodity, the letter S should be affixed to the applicable designating letters

Last Update: 27/08/2016

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