The Thrall Car 2743 cubic foot
gondola was introduced in 1995. This new 52' 6" interior length design was
in response to the newly allowed increase in Gross Rail Loading (GRL) to 286,000
lbs (up from 263,000 lbs). This allowed an increase of the inside height from
the previously standard 5'0" to a new standard of 5'6", giving it a
2,743 cubic foot capacity. Thrall produced over 6,700 of these from 1995 to 1999.
The design resumed production under Trinityrail in 2005.
Prototypical scale height reflecting
the new higher capacities standard.