TCAX (Thrall Car Co.) 20306

TCAX (Thrall Car Co.) 20306 (HMQ8M)

Location: Union, IL 60180 McHenry County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 13.679', W 88° 31.571'

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1971 All-Door Boxcar

Boxcars made up the largest portion of most railroad's freight car fleets until nearly the end of the Twentieth Century. They were used to carry almost any type of non-perishable solid cargo, ranging from cartons, crates, and bags of merchandise to complete automobiles and loose grain.

Due to its length, lumber is difficult to load through the doors of a standard boxcar except by hand, a few pieces at a time. Thrall developed the All-Door steel boxcar in 1967 specifically for shipment of wood products. Each car side has a pair of 25' wide doors, permitting bundles of lumber and materials such as plywood to be loaded by forklifts.

TCAX 20306 was retired in 1995. It was refurbished and donated to IRM by GE Capital Railcar in 1998, and is operational.

Builder: Thrall Car Co.
Loading: Lumber products
Empty Weight: 82,400 lbs
Capacity: 137,000 lbs
Nominal Length: 56 ft
HM NumberHMQ8M
Placed ByIllinois Railway Museum
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 12:19pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 374055 N 4676216
Decimal Degrees42.22798333, -88.52618333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 13.679', W 88° 31.571'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 13' 40.74" N, 88° 31' 34.26" W
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Area Code(s)815
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4901-4999 Central Ave, Union IL 60180, US
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