Gondola Photo, B&O 260986


Hello to all.

While looking at pipeline pages I came across this neat photo.

B&O 260986 is a 1940-vintage, Bethlehem Steel, 52’ - 6” steel, flat bottom, drop end, cushion underframe gondola.

In the photo it is hauling the first load of 24-inch pipe for the Big Inch and Little Big Inch pipelines built in WW-2.

Pipe was made by National Tube but I cannot read the small print to see what city it was.
National Tube had several locations but probably in McKeesport, PA.

I searched on the car number and it seems that Tangent Scale Model made a model with this car number. Cool.

Photos of National Tube in McKeesport, PA


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