HSS Gondola

High-Strength Steel Gondola™

These gondolas use an innovative formula for high-strength, lighter-weight steel developed by U. S. Steel, reducing each gondola’s unloaded weight by up to 15,000 pounds. This classic gondola design is ideal to transport loose bulk material such as metal scraps or steel slabs—while resisting load/unload damage. This railcar was designed as part of the joint initiative between USS, Norfolk Southern and Greenbrier, and earned the Progressive Railroading 2022 Reader’s Choice Award for Innovative Product and the Canadian Association of Railway Suppliers (CARS) 2022 Innovation Award.

HSS Gondola


Length, Inside 52’-6”
Length, Over Couplers 57’-9 1/2”
Width, Inside 9’-8”
Width, Extreme 10’-6 3/4”
Height, Inside 5’-6”
Height, Extreme 9’-1 13/16”
Clearance AAR Plate C


Light Weight 61,500 lbs.
Load Limit 224,500 lbs.
Gross Rail Load 286,000 lbs.
Capacity 2,791 cu. ft.

Curve Negotiability Radius

Uncoupled 150′
Coupled to Base Car 216′
Coupled to Like Car 218′

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