FreightCar America has developed a robust ballast car design equipped with a state-of-the-art door system which provides additional productivity and operator safety during the unloading process. The 110-ton capacity car features manual or optional electro-hydraulic door operation. The electro-hydraulic door system can be operated manually or by remote control. Solar panels are used to maintain the charge of the on-board battery pack, used to operate the system. Our ballast car features all steel or steel-stainless combination, riveted and mechanically fastened construction, four outlet gates and the FCA-patented cold-rolled 70ksi yield steel center sill. Ballast cars can be created from virtually any standard draft gear donor car.
These features of our Ballast Car can be configured to meet your specific requirements or preferences:

  • Size / capacity
  • Stainless option
  • Door system
  • Brake system
  • Exterior finish
  • Modification available from coal or small cube car or similar
  • Covered option available

As part of our dedication to customer service, any of our railcar products may be further developed to meet the specific characteristics of the bulk or containerized freight being transported — as well as any other customized requirements or specifications required by our clients.

Our commitment to quality and customer services begins with the first customer contact and extends through the life of the railcar. Our Customer Service Department is staffed by a highly qualified and experienced team with the resources to help with any of your service requirements.

For more information call 800.458.2235 or contact an expert online.


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