Pa. Company Helps Develop Larger Gondola

A Pennsylvania-based rail car manufacturer has teamed up with National Steel Car to develop a high-capacity gondola to haul cottonseed and wood chips.

PennsylvaniaCurry Rail Services of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, said the cars will have a gross rail load of 286,000 pounds and a payload of 106.5 tons, with a level cubic capacity of 7,200 cubic feet.

By comparison, the current fleet of cottonseed cars is comprised of cars with a 263,000-pound GRL, 6,800-cubic-foot capacity and a 94- to 95-ton per-car payload.

The new cars will come with dual-hinged ends, and doors that swing open from the end top chord. They can also be built with fixed ends and rotary dump capability.

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