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Trailer Train Flatcar Description
- Manufacturer: BSC
- Production era: 1955
- 200 produced for the TTX Company
- This car was the forerunner of today’s piggyback and container cars.
- The trailer/container flatcar was developed to help the railroads regain business lost to highway transport. A train could haul trailers for long distances at a much lower cost than a tractor-trailer.
- Owned by the TTX Company
- The exhibit flatcar holds two 35 foot trailers with Sea Land containers. The “container” concept was invented by Malcolm McLean of Winston-Salem, NC. Mr. McLean founded Sea Land, a global container transportation, and his concept is now used worldwide to efficiently move freight.
- Donated to the Museum by the Norfolk & Western Railway Co.
- Length: 75 ft
- Load Limit: 121,000 lbs.