Ultra-High-Strength Steel Gondola™

These gondolas use an innovative formula for ultra-high-strength, lighter-weight steel, reducing each gondola’s unloaded weight by up to 15,000 pounds. This gondola features a unique “tub design” that eases product hangup during loading/unloading.

This railcar was designed as part of the joint initiative with Norfolk Southern and earned Norfolk Southern’s Thoroughbred Sustainability Partner Awards for Innovation.

UHSS Gondola


Length, Inside 52’-6”
Length, Over Couplers 57’-11 1/2”
Width, Inside 9’-8”
Width, Extreme 10’-6 3/4”
Height, Inside 5’-6”
Height, Extreme 9’-2 5/16”
Clearance AAR Plate C


Light Weight 54,000 lbs.
Load Limit 232,000 lbs.
Gross Rail Load 286,000 lbs.
Capacity 2,796 cu. ft.

Curve Negotiability Radius

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

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