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History: The first version of this car was developed and built by National Steel Car beginning in 1999. These cars were operated by Canpotex and were originally owned by GE Rail Services and had PTEX reporting marks. Three groups of cars were produced.
600 cars were built between March 1999 and June 1999 with road numbers PTEX 20000 to PTEX 20599. 1320 more cars were built between November 1999 and April 2000 and have road numbers PTEX 20600 to PTEX 21919. 95 additional cars were subsequently produced and have road numbers PTEX 21920 to PTEX 22015.
These were distinctive with their alternating white and red reflective tape along the entire length of the cars sill. This paint scheme of the car was seen from 1999 to 2004 when the last of these cars were updated with yellow visibility marks instead of the red and white reflective tape. (We were told by one of our customers who is an engineer on Canadian Pacific; There are still some of these cars with red and white reflective tape in use today).
Since that time, some of these PTEX cars have been sold to Agrium. These cars have been repainted in the current Agrium scheme and have NAHX reporting marks.
Business at National Steel Car boomed from the beginning of its life until just before the depression period of the 1930s. During the depression, National Steel Car was falling behind in terms of diversity in comparison to its competitors, and suffered a severe lack of orders. At one point the company resorted to producing motor trucks, bus bodies, and outboard motor boats, just so they had orders to fill. World War II renewed National Steel Car's business, and the company has been in a relatively healthy state for most of its life since. It shares nearly all Canadian rolling stock orders with Eastern Car Company. National Steel Car also exports to the United States regularly, more so in the later years of its life.
From Wikipedia In 1962, Dofasco bought National Steel Car, but by 1990 it had effectively given up control of the declining company, and in 1994 they sold it to Hamilton corporation National Industries Inc., owned by Greg Aziz. By the year 2000, Aziz had increased National Steel Car's workforce from 500 to 3,000 employees, and its production capacity from 3,500 to 12,500 rail cars annually. Today, National Steel Car makes and supplies various rolling stock to Canadian and American customers, mainly railway operators and commercial rail operators.
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Item created by: gdm on 2018-02-14 09:37:11. Last edited by gdm on 2018-02-14 12:22:56
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