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Near Union in McHenry County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

TCAX (Thrall Car Co.) 20306

1971 All-Door Boxcar

 
 
TCAX (Thrall Car Co.) 20306 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 6, 2010
1. TCAX (Thrall Car Co.) 20306 Marker
Inscription.
Boxcars made up the largest portion of most railroad's freight car fleets until nearly the end of the Twentieth Century. They were used to carry almost any type of non-perishable solid cargo, ranging from cartons, crates, and bags of merchandise to complete automobiles and loose grain.

Due to its length, lumber is difficult to load through the doors of a standard boxcar except by hand, a few pieces at a time. Thrall developed the All-Door steel boxcar in 1967 specifically for shipment of wood products. Each car side has a pair of 25' wide doors, permitting bundles of lumber and materials such as plywood to be loaded by forklifts.

TCAX 20306 was retired in 1995. It was refurbished and donated to IRM by GE Capital Railcar in 1998, and is operational.

Builder: Thrall Car Co.
Loading: Lumber products
Empty Weight: 82,400 lbs
Capacity: 137,000 lbs
Nominal Length: 56 ft
 
Erected by Illinois Railway Museum.
 
Location. 42° 13.679′ N, 88° 31.571′ W. Marker is near Union, Illinois, in McHenry County. Touch for map. Marker is on the unit, in Yard 5, on the grounds of the Illinois Railway Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7000 Olson Road, Union IL 60180, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
TCAX (Thrall Car Co.) 20306 and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., http://www
2. TCAX (Thrall Car Co.) 20306 and Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific 37A (a few steps from this marker); Chicago and North Western 9933 (within shouting distance of this marker); Soo/Milwaukee Road X-5001 (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Pacific 18 (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Railroad Signals (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Railroad Cats (about 300 feet away); Railroad Rails (about 300 feet away); Railroad Standard Time (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Union.
 
Also see . . .
1. Trinity Industries to buy Thrall (2001). (Submitted on December 22, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Chicago's Railroad Supply Industry. (Submitted on December 22, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. IRM Grounds Map. (Submitted on December 22, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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TCAX (Thrall Car Co.) 20306 Door Markings image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., http://www
3. TCAX (Thrall Car Co.) 20306 Door Markings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 22, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 639 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 22, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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