I run a repro std gauge train under the tree. I have a LCT 400e and a mix of LCT and MTH tinplate traditions 200 series freight cars. (211, 213, 214, 214R, 215, 216 and 217).
The final car I guess I will add is a 212 Gondola I am partial to the pea green one (in its own right and because I think it will complement the colors of the other cars in the train).
My question is regarding the LCL (less than car load) containers We're those originally offered in prewar times? Was the 212 also offered empty? Did Lionel sell loads other than the LCL containers separately for the 212 back in prewar times? Like barrels or something like that? And were such loads reproduced by MTH?
I don't really want the LCL crates, but don't want an empty gon either and want to stay with repro stuff even for the gon load.