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Rail - Rolling Stock (Freight) - Tank Car - 40 Foot, Helium

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Name Tank Car, 40 Foot, Helium
Region North America
Category Rail
Type Rolling Stock (Freight)
SubType Tank Car
Variety 40 Foot, Helium
Manufacturer Various (Details)
Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)



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History: The 13 NASA helium cars were some of the heaviest cars ever made, weighing in at 240,300 pounds empty and had a 28,000 pound load limit. Built in 1961, these cars were initially used by the BLM to transport helium from mines in Texas. Later, they found their niche servicing NASA Titan rockets and the Space Shuttle up until the last Shuttle flight in 2011.

A few cars have been repurposed for use in the Space X engine test complex outside McGregor, Texas. Eight other cars were transferred to California and are on lease tro support the Space X Falcon 9 Launch Complex at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Railroad/Company: This set of items is comprised of more than one name. Please look at the component items for details on the specific roadnames and/or manufacturers.


Item Links: We found: 1 different collections associated with Rail - Rolling Stock (Freight) - Tank Car - 40 Foot, Helium
Item created by: gdm on 2018-01-25 13:03:02

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