Bathtub Gondola

Bathtub Gondola
by Dan Aubin

A bathtub gondola, so called for its shape.  These cars are used on unit trains (coal) where traditionally hoppers were used.  Someone figured out that by removing the unloading gates at the bottom of the car, It could be cheaper to build, be able to carry a greater payload and would require less maintenance.  The only down side is tha need to use a rotary dumper to empty them out.  Special couplers that can rotate on the car's axis are used so the car doesn't have to be uncoupled when it goes through the rotary dumper.  The red end on the car indicates where this coupler is.

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  1. jedspurg
    Jeramy Spurgeon March 08, 2012 at 3:30PM

    Nice addition Dan!

  2. RailBlox
    Colin Redner March 08, 2012 at 7:14PM

    Love it! i'll be using this soon...

  3. intermodalman
    Adam Thompson December 16, 2012 at 2:10PM

    Dan,
    somebody is selling these instructions on ebay

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