Well hello everyone. Thanks to Arnold for starting this thread I wanted to do it but just didn't know how. Its fun however and I can see lots of folks agree as they are posting and adding to the fun and our knowledge.
@ed h - I will admit, your Lionel "Happy Hopper" was what was foremost in my mind as I thought of the idea for this thread. "Kiddie City" was a forerunner of "Toys R Us" but it eventually suffered the same fate.
Arnold thank you for your video's, Lionel hopper from '54, plus the cop and hobo car, barrel car, and others Thanks very much for starting us off
@PRRMP54- Al ore car and Southern "Big John" hopper were great! Had never seen anything like the B&O "Pig Iron" flat
@Yellowstone Special - LV covered hopper and a carload of M&M's how can you go wrong.
Here are some of mine, I will get some new pictures later today and post tomorrow.
The Marx Wabash gondola from his 7 inch line, about 1958.
The Marx scale gondola. This was from Marx's attempt to put out scale trains to go with his 999 locomotive. This line started before the war but only entered volume production in the 40's. Interestingly it was "S" scale at 3/16" to the ft but O gauge to take advantage and run on all the prior tracks and switches.
A real oldie...a Fandor high sided gondola with some rigging for tall loads. 1914 - 1918. Fandor (in Germany) became Dorfan (in the U.S.) when German imports were outlawed and not very popular in the post WW 1 era. The same men immigrated to the US and restarted the business. They arrived in 1923 and made trains until the Depression caught up with them and they ceased production in 1934.
Here is the same hopper as the Wabash but in a much more scarce brown C&O livery. About the same time, middle to late 50's.
Now here is an unusual one...the Horby (UK) "covered boxcar" . Is this a boxcar or a covered hopper. It typically carried granular products like grain, sand, or salt in this case. The opening door on the roof was how it was loaded or unloaded (shovels and people I expect). From the 1950's until about 1962 .
Here is a more conventional bottom unload hopper from Hornby. Postwar circa 1950's.
Well thanks to everyone and especially Arnold for helping me start this post. Hope you had fun and please lets continue to put those "happy hoppers" and "goody gondolas" out where we can all see them.
OBTW, I agree with Arnold and others who said that the gondolas / hoppers were kids favorite because so many things can be "given a ride". Lots of us remember Christmas candy running around under the tree and Soldiers riding to battle in a gondola (even if it was just a lot of times around in a circle). I certainly gave my soldiers a ride...although in my case they were lead not plastic.
Best wishes to all