Rolling Stock: Steel Coil Cars

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A subtype to gondola cars, coil cars (a.k.a. “steel coil cars”) are a specialized type of freight car designed for transporting coils and/or rolls of sheet metal and steel. They first appeared in the 1960s, built for the Pennsylvania Railroad between 1964-65. Each car is equipped with a hood and/or hoods to cover the load. Each hood has a lifting point at its center, and can be stacked when not in use. The hoods are largely interchangeable and it’s very common to see cars with mismatched hoods resulting in some very colorful combinations across the rails!

Rolling Stock: Steel Coil Cars

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Author:Railfan AC

AC is a U.S. Air Force Veteran, a long haul trucker, a transportation enthusiast and a lifelong lover of trains. AC's mission is to travel America documenting American railroading in the 21st century while educating those who want to know about the importance the railroads play in our daily lives including, but not limited to, the movement of goods, services and more.

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