The Schnabel cars unique design allows it to carry extremely heavy or oversized
loads, such as generators and transformers for power stations, by making the
load an element of the car. The two tapered lifting arms that hold the load
resemble a birds beak, which gave the car its nameSchnabelis
from the German for "carrying-beak-wagon" (Tragschnabelwagen). Schnabel
is a funny name for a seriously powerful freight car.
16 sets of 125-ton roller-bearing trucks
prototypically correct 36" metal wheels
RP25 wheel contours
8 span bolsters
detailed transformer load
molded hydraulic lines and pumps
This model performs best on 22" radius curves or greater.