Boxcars For Every Load.
Boxcars are essentially big boxes on wheels, and are useful for carrying anything that requires protection from the weather, such as paper, food products, and manufactured goods. TTX's freight equipment fleet consists of three boxcar types: an older 50-foot, Plate C, 70-ton boxcar (220,000 gross rail load), and two new, Plate F, 100-ton boxcars (286,000 gross rail load). The older car dates back to the early 1970's, when TTX created the free running "Railbox" pool with over 125 railroads participating. Door sizes varied, with 90% of the boxcars built using a 10-foot sliding door, and about 10% equipped with a 6-foot plug door in addition to the 10-foot sliding door (the 16-foot opening facilitated lumber loading).
While the 70-ton car worked as the backbone of the nation's freight rail fleet, the Association of American Railroad’s car service rules changed over time, permitting larger and heavier cars. The most recent change occurred in 1994, which led to 100-ton capacity cars. TTX has become a leader in providing the larger capacity boxcars. TTX stables two types of equipment: a 50-foot high cube boxcar for paper loading, with either a 10 or 12-foot plug door, initialed FBOX, and a 60-foot high cube initialed TBOX with two 8-foot plug doors and a 16-foot wide door opening for lumber, canned goods, beer, wine, steel, and other manufactured and consumer products, such as appliances. Similar to its smaller cousins, the Plate-F high-capacity boxcars are part of a national boxcar pool, helping the railroads avoid millions of empty miles annually. In addition, the original 70-ton boxcars are still in productive use today with the initials RBOX for the 10-foot door or ABOX for the 16-foot door opening boxcars.