Detroit and Mackinac Gondola 3514

Built in 1947 for pulpwood, coal, and other uses for the Detroit & Mackinac Railway, this car and its sisters saw a variety of service over the years. One of the most unique uses was as idler cars for loading the Mackinac Transportation Company’s car ferry, Chief Wawatam, between Mackinac City and St. Ignace, Michigan.  When the last of these cars were scrapped by D&M successor, RailAmerica, this car was donated to the Steam Railroading Institute in 2007.