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The railcar includes a hatch system known as the Tsunami Gate
– what is different about this and what benefits does it bring?
Our new covered hopper railcar is designed for grain service and has a capacity of 5,185ft3. We have taken all of the area between the trucks and created one long discharge gate. Tsunami Gate provides numerous benefits – primarily shortening the railcar length by 10 per cent, enabling a railroad to haul an additional 12 railcars without adding a locomotive. The gate lowers the centre of gravity, providing a smoother and more efficient ride. The large side skirt – similar to what is seen on road among semi-trailers – provides better aerodynamics, resulting in a 53 per cent drag reduction. Greenbrier modelled the railcar with Boeing to simulate the commutation for fluid dynamics.
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