gondola car


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gondola car

[′gän·də·lə ‚kär]
(engineering)
A flat-bottomed railroad car which has no top, fixed sides, and often removable ends, in which steel, rock, or heavy bulk commodities are transported.
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Sparks showered the gondola car causing anything flammable to ignite.
expressed concern that the average annual age of gondola cars (25 years) could work against any efforts to reinforce the fleet.
While overall demand for gondola cars to ship scrap metals has increased througout the past several months, scrap dealers continue to complain about acute shortages of gondola cars available.
Brian Maher, senior business director, ferrous metals for Union Pacific, says that as the steel industry starts to improve, the company is starting to see a pickup in shipments and demand for gondola cars.
A power utility company experienced a series of isolated top chord buckles in their coal gondola cars.
In addressing some trends in the rail transportation side, Wilmot noted a move toward using larger gondola cars, 66-foot or 65-foot gondolas, as compared to 52-foot gondola cars.
G-Force can carry 40 visitors on board gondola cars, which ascend and then rotate.
Smith created a gasoline engine-powered, hydraulically driven one-eighth scale locomotive that can pull as many as three gondola cars with two people in each car, plus a caboose.
Gondola cars operated by Nevis Range were left swinging in high winds in darkness for over an hour.
The receiving station is a floor dump design that will use loaders or dozers to push waste into special gondola cars located in a "pit" at the other end of the building.
Larger scrap handlers may use stationary detection areas in which trucks or gondola cars pass through the detection station.
It designs and builds quality rail cars such as coal cars, bulk commodity cars, covered hopper cars, inter-modal and non-inter-modal flat cars, mill gondola cars, coil steel cars and boxcars.