boxcar or box car

(rail transportation) A fully enclosed railroad freight car with sliding doors on one or both sides. Boxcars are the most common type of cargo railcar in use worldwide and are designed to carry boxed, crated, or palletized freight of all kinds. Common commodities transported include paper products, canned goods, and bulky freight. Box cars are available with single or double doors with plug or sliding configuration, cushioned or non-cushioned underframe, and insulated or non-insulated interior. Boxcars may also be equipped with various interior-loading devices such as belt rails or moveable bulkheads to secure loads.

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