Among the unusual loads moved by railroads are large steel coils used to make automobile bodies, appliances and other products. Because of their size (6 to 10' in diameter) and weight, coils are more easily shipped by rail than by truck.
Classified as both gondolas and flat cars, coil cars feature a "V"-shaped cradle in place of the usual floor. On the prototypes, adjustable retainers hold the coils in place and a cushion underframe helps prevent end-to-end load shifting. Removable hoods protect the coils from the weather.
This HO Scale Gold Line freight car two pack comes fully assembled and includes a complete set of add-on wire grab irons; molded drill starter points on the body simplify installation. McHenry(R) near-scale working knuckle couplers and free-rolling trucks with RP25 metal wheelsets round out each car.