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Vehicle - Rail - Rolling Stock (Freight) - Covered Hopper - 3-Bay, Potash

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Vehicle - Rail - Rolling Stock (Freight) - Covered Hopper - 3-Bay, Potash
Name Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, Potash
Region North America
Category Rail
Type Rolling Stock (Freight)
SubType Covered Hopper
Variety 3-Bay, Potash
Manufacturer National Steel Car (Details)
Era NA Era V: Modern Diesel (1979 - Present)

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.


Founded in 1912 by several investors led by Sir John Morison Gibson and with interests related to the Magor Car Corporation, Basil Magor was enlisted to lead the National Steel Car project. Once the new plant was functioning in Hamilton, Ontario, Magor became General Manager of National Steel Car Company Limited. The first few years of National Steel Car's production surpassed the expectations of its investors. The company began manufacturing just as Canadian rolling stock orders reached an all-time high in 1913. Due to the company's impeccable timing, National Steel Car began business with a large number of box car orders from Canadian Pacific Railway, and various railcar orders from Canadian Northern Railway. In 1919, Donald Symington of Baltimore and Robert Magor of Magor Car Corp. made an offer on the company, and from there on it was reorganized as National Steel Car Corporation Limited.

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.

Item Links: We found: 1 different collections associated with Rail - Rolling Stock (Freight) - Covered Hopper - 3-Bay, Potash
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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