The Fad hopper car
This page starts with one of the most numerous and ubiquitous freight car in Turkey. It is also perhaps the only car fully designed and manufactured in Turkey. Except for the bogies, this car is completely original. This is a self discharge hopper, the discharge being done through the floor. This car exist in two variants: with and without side doors. The later are the most numerous.
This car has been optimized for bulk iron ore transportation and therefore can be easily seen along the iron ore routes to Iskenderun and Karabük.
|First year||early 1970s (to be confirmed)|
|Serial number||686 0000 to ?|
655 0000 to ?
|Quantity||5000 (to be confirmed)|
|Bogie wheel base||1,8m|
|Length between bogie center pins||6,3m|
Elevated view. This unit is without side doors. The side panels are flat sheets welded to the structures.
The Fad hopper has two compartments and two sets of discharge doors. All pictures taken in Ortaklar, September 2002. Photo JP Charrey
Opposite end. Photo JP Charrey
Close up of Y25 bogie. Photo JP Charrey
Close up of the central vertical beam. This beam is the edge of the central dividing wall. This pictures shows the towing hook. . Photo JP Charrey
Foot-plate end showing the discharge mechanism commands. Photo JP Charrey