A specific kind of rolling stock called coil rail cars is made for the transportation of coils of sheet metal, primarily steel. While having nothing in common with a regular gondola, they are nonetheless regarded as a subtype of the gondola automobile.
A trough or succession of troughs make up the coil car’s body. They are most frequently transverse, although there are also lengthwise variations; in either case, they are steel and may have a wood or other material lining to cushion the weight.
The core of the coils is horizontal and they are positioned on their sides in the trough. To prevent the coils from shifting, stops can be placed across the trough. Some coil cars have an open top, but others that transport goods that must be protected from the elements have hoods to cover the cargo. Although a pair of hoods is more typical, some covered cars employ a single hood.
Each bonnet has a lifting point in the middle, and there are frequently brackets on top at the corners to facilitate stacking of the hoods when not in use. It is usual to see a car with mismatched hoods because the hoods can be used interchangeably in most cases.
The Global coil rail car market accounted for $XX Billion in 2022 and is anticipated to reach $XX Billion by 2030, registering a CAGR of XX% from 2023 to 2030.
GATX launched newly developed coil rail car, Steel coils with longitudinal or transverse troughs and end-of-car padding are transported in coil gondolas. Based on the 286,000 gross rail limit, they have an estimated load capacity of up to 230,000 lbs.
Both covered and uncovered coil gondolas are available; covered cars transport cold-rolled steel while open-top cars transport hot-band steel coils. A greater diameter and more coils can be accommodated by the longitudinal architecture.
With the option of 5, 7, or 9 troughs, the transverse design often uses smaller coil sizes. Because the coils may be loaded from the side of the transverse troughs using a fork truck rather than a crane, certain clients prefer them.
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