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Meet GATX's fleet: Chemical Car Type 2485 is optimized for propylene oxide and Hex-1-ene

GRE has started assembling our newest generation of chemical cars (type 2485) at our wholly-owned workshop in Ostroda, Poland. The first batch of these state-of-the-art railcars will meet the needs for three of our customers with deliveries scheduled for spring 2021.

These 'second-generation' railcars are truly optimized for the transport of propylene oxide and Hex-1-en.

For all non-chemists,  propylene-oxide-based polyols are the key ingredient in polyurethane foams. These foams are widely used in the automotive, construction, packaging, plastics, anticorrosive coating and furniture industries.

“GRE's 2485 Chemical railcar is a popular choice because we equip and treat this railcar like a liquid pressure gas car,” says Michel Trommeshauser, Business Unit Manager Chemistry at GRE, “which means that if we transport propylene oxide, nothing other than propylene oxide has ever been transported in this railcar before. In addition, the new generation of this car type is lighter than its predecessor, which translates to 600-800 kg extra capacity for our customers. Each carbon steel tank wagon has a 85 m3 capacity, tank code L10BH and a tare weight of approximately 23 tons. The car is filled and emptied from the ground and has PO-coded dry coupling valves on each side, which adds to the safety loading/unloading staff."

Brief Facts: Chemical Car Type 2485

Capacity85 m³
Tare weight23 t
Total weight90 t
Length over buffers16200 mm
Tank materialSteel 1.0566
Heating/InsulationNo
Inner coatingNo
GATX Type2485

If you consider transporting Propylene oxide or Hex-1-en, request the railcar factsheet here or get in touch with your key account manager for further information and availability request.


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