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Tank that's half gon

Scrapyards with rail connections often end up using some of the railroad equipment sent to them for scrapping. Gondolas for moving scrap around the yard are probably the most common...even if they weren't gondolas to begin with! Here's the bottom half of GCTX tank car 113098 serving out its last months as a gondola. Scrapyard cars live a hard life, and are soon too beat up even for the yard to use.
Wow! I've seen scrap hoppers and coal cars used for scrap, but this is just too cool!
It's a dirty job but somethings gotta do it ;)
Wow, that must be a scrap yeard, as I doubt any self respecting railroad would allow something like that on their mainline. Besides, froma engineering standpoint, that car is severly weakend due tot he tube structure of the tank have been comprimised. It wouldn't take much for the barrel of the car to collapse.
Yes, Sims MetalAmerica is a scrapyard in Richmond, CA. The car also appears to be missing its brake rigging and end platforms, which also renders it somewhat unfit for mainline service.

And yes, the pun in the title was intended. ;)

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