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Rail - Rolling Stock (Freight) - Container Car - Single Well, GSC 53 Foot

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Rail - Rolling Stock (Freight) - Container Car - Single Well, GSC 53 Foot
Name Container Car, Single Well, NSC 53 Foot
Region North America
Category Rail
Type Rolling Stock (Freight)
SubType Container Car
Variety Single Well, GSC 53 Foot
Manufacturer National Steel Car (Details)
Era Era V: Modern (1979 - Present)



History: A well car, also known as a double-stack car or stack car, is a type of railroad car specially designed to carry intermodal containers (shipping containers) used in intermodal freight transport. The “well” is a depressed section which sits close to the rails between the wheel trucks of the car, allowing a container to be carried lower than on a traditional flatcar. This makes double-stack rail transport possible.

Double-stack cars are most common in North America where intermodal traffic is heavy and electrification is less widespread; thus overhead clearances are typically more manageable. This behemoth, 113 ton well car can swallow four fully loaded 20-foot containers or one 40 to 53-foot container in its well, plus a 40- to 53-foot container stacked on top for a staggering load limit of 226,000 pounds.

Railroad/Company:
Founded in 1912 by several investors led by Sir John Morison Gibson and with interests related to the Magor Car Corporation, Basil Magor was enlisted to lead the National Steel Car project. Once the new plant was functioning in Hamilton, Ontario, Magor became General Manager of National Steel Car Company Limited. The first few years of National Steel Car's production surpassed the expectations of its investors. The company began manufacturing just as Canadian rolling stock orders reached an all-time high in 1913. Due to the company's impeccable timing, National Steel Car began business with a large number of box car orders from Canadian Pacific Railway, and various railcar orders from Canadian Northern Railway. In 1919, Donald Symington of Baltimore and Robert Magor of Magor Car Corp. made an offer on the company, and from there on it was reorganized as National Steel Car Corporation Limited.

Business at National Steel Car boomed from the beginning of its life until just before the depression period of the 1930s. During the depression, National Steel Car was falling behind in terms of diversity in comparison to its competitors, and suffered a severe lack of orders. At one point the company resorted to producing motor trucks, bus bodies, and outboard motor boats, just so they had orders to fill. World War II renewed National Steel Car's business, and the company has been in a relatively healthy state for most of its life since. It shares nearly all Canadian rolling stock orders with Eastern Car Company. National Steel Car also exports to the United States regularly, more so in the later years of its life.

From Wikipedia In 1962, Dofasco bought National Steel Car, but by 1990 it had effectively given up control of the declining company, and in 1994 they sold it to Hamilton corporation National Industries Inc., owned by Greg Aziz. By the year 2000, Aziz had increased National Steel Car's workforce from 500 to 3,000 employees, and its production capacity from 3,500 to 12,500 rail cars annually. Today, National Steel Car makes and supplies various rolling stock to Canadian and American customers, mainly railway operators and commercial rail operators.



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Item created by: gdm on 2019-07-13 15:14:48. Last edited by gdm on 2019-07-13 15:16:11

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