Munger Mining Sand & Gravel Car
GCE-11' Sand and Gravel Car #M6
The sand and gravel (low side gondola) car is based on an 11 foot flat car body with sides and ends added. It's another of the maintenance cars requested by collectors of the "Munger Mining Co." series. Carl Pierce of Santa Rosa, California came up with the idea. Although this car would most likely be used in a maintenance train to carry sand and gravel it, could be pushed into revenue service to haul ore from the mine.
This is another type of "shop built" maintenance car constructed by industrial railroads to fill a specific need. This car would be used to haul replacement materials (sand and gravel or ballast) for the track road bed that would wash away with the annual rains.
This sand and gravel car is typical of maintenance cars used by small industrial railroads from the 1870's into the middle of the twentieth century. Like all the cars in the "Munger Mining Co." series, this car represents the general construction and railroad practices of the day rather than a specific prototype.
1. The deck boards and the sides and ends of the gondola box are built up from distressed and weathered hard wood.
2. A bag of "scale" sand and gravel is included. It comes from a creek bed in the gold country of Mariposa County, California.
3. Details include two shovels to unload the sand and gravel.
4. All metal parts are rusted and weathered.
5. Each car is individually numbered in the order it is produced or to your roster requirements.
6. All cars come with Sierra Valley 20" diameter metal wheel sets and Hartford Products sprung pedestals.
7. Outside hung brake beams and brake shoes are included.
8. Standard couplers are Hartford Products end sill mounted link and pins.
9 Modified Kadee knuckle couplers are available for an additional $5.00 per car.
They are modified to be mounted into the link and pin drawheads.
10. Add $10.00 for shipping per order. (Covers up to three cars - UPS ground.)
11. California residents add 7.25% state sales tax.
12. These cars are 100% designed and manufactured in the U.S.A.
This sand and gravel car was reviewed in the following magazines:
"Garden Railways" - May/June, 2002
"Finescale Railroader" - April/May, 2002
"Steam in the Garden" - Issue No. 64