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5/25/2007    Mechanical

Rail News: Mechanical

FreightCar America delivers steel ballast cars to BNSF

FreightCar America Inc. recently delivered 162 electrically operated all-steel ballast cars to BNSF Railway Co. — the first ballast cars the Class I has acquired in more than 20 years.

Produced at FreightCar America’s Johnstown, Pa., plant, the 110-ton-capacity cars feature a new discharge-door operating system and electric, solar-powered activation system to dump ballast remotely via radio control. The cars also can distribute ballast on either side of the rails.

FreightCar America builds coal, flat, steel hopper, coil steel, mill gondola and intermodal cars, as well as motor vehicle carriers.

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