When you think of a gondola, do you start daydreaming about a leisurely boat ride on a Venetian canal? While aptly named for their shallow boat-like shape, in the world of freight transportation, a gondola means something quite different.
Gondola rail cars are used to transport rugged, unfinished commodities used in construction and manufacturing. In fact, rail plays a major role in transporting the products that keep America moving, like sand, gravel, scrap metal, steel and other raw materials used to build roads, machinery, skyscrapers, shopping centers and much more. According to the Association of American Railroads (AAR), in a typical year, U.S. freight railroads transport more than two million carloads of construction-related materials.
For an in-depth look at everything you need to know about gondola rail cars and how they safely transport a wide variety of materials, read on.
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