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Rail - Rolling Stock (Freight) - Flatcar - 53 Foot GSI Bulkhead

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Rail - Rolling Stock (Freight) - Flatcar - 53 Foot GSI Bulkhead
Name Flatcar, Bulkhead 53 Foot GSC/GSI
Region North America
Category Rail
Type Rolling Stock (Freight)
SubType Flatcar
Variety 53 Foot GSI Bulkhead
Manufacturer General Steel Castings (Details)
Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)



History: GSC – later incorporated as General Steel Industries (GSI) – offered 53 foot flat cars with or without bulkhead ends to protect lading from shifting onto an adjacent car during switching operations. These cars have an interior length of 48 feet, which causes these cars to be sometimes known as 48 foot cars. A car of tremendous versatility, these flat cars served nationwide in service on many railroads starting in 1956, and thanks to the sturdy cast steel frame construction of these cars these cars served in a multitude of services including lumber, wallboard, poles, and heavy equipment services, to name a few. GSI, located in Granite City IL, supplied either complete cars or cast steel flatcar bodies to various railroads. Railroads that elected to purchase only the bodies would then equip the cars with components preferred for projected service.

Railroad/Company:
General Steel Industries, Inc. (GSI) was an American steel company founded as General Steel Castings Corporation in 1928. The company's first headquarters were in Eddystone, Pennsylvania and, prior to completing its own modern steel foundry in 1930, acquired the operations of the Commonwealth Steel Company, a critical supplier to the rail industry.

An acquisition program to diversify from its core steel castings business of manufacturing large steel castings was initiated in the late 1950s and resulted in six divisions and one subsidiary by 1971. The broader business portfolio allowed GSI to close the Castings Division, the company's only business prior to diversification, in 1973. In 1974, GSI was operating 19 plants across the United States and internationally and continued operating as an independent company until it was acquired by Lukens Steel in 1981.

Item created by: gdm on 2019-10-02 08:13:48

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