Archive | January, 2016

FMC 5,277 Cubic-Foot Combo-Door Boxcars

Went into North American rail service in 1978 with American Rail Box Car Company’s (Railbox) purchase of a series of unique 70-ton “Plate C” boxcars. The cars included a six-foot plug door and a 10-foot sliding Youngstown door. Known as “ABOX” combo-door cars, the fleet served the needs of Railbox exclusively until the mid 1980s. […]

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General American Airslide Covered Hoppers

Airslides have been common members of freight train consists since their 1960s introduction. General American left the car-building business in the early 1980s and a large percentage of the cars remained in General American ownership and served as the car-builder’s lease fleet. Trinity Rail Car entered into a manufacturing agreement with GATX and acquired rights […]

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FMC 5,347 Cubic Foot Boxcars

FMC 5347 Boxcar

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Trinity 31,000 Gallon Crude Oil Tank Cars

Since 2012, TrinityRail® has built thousands of 31,000 Gallon Crude Oil Tank Cars to meet the growing needs of the oil industry. Mile-long unit trains with 100+ cars are crisscrossing the United States and Canada every day to deliver crude oil from the oil fields of North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana to refineries on the […]

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Is The BNSF The New CP In The Northeast Pa. Grain Business?

A month ago I made a interesting discovery…. A small unit train of BNSF covered hoppers coming from the grain mills at Mt. Pocono, Pa.. (HERE’S THE ARTICLE IN CASE YOU MISSED IT). If you’ve been active in NEPA railfanning in recent times then you know that the Delaware-Lackawanna grain trains have been a domain of […]

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Weekend Railfanning Episode 36: Norfolk Southern Train 37T

  Norfolk Southern Train 37T   Guide To Understanding Norfolk Southern Train Symbols: Train Number Series Extra Series Symbol Train Description 000-099 R Special Trains 100-199 M Merchandise Trains 200-299 I Intermodal Trains 300-399 W Merchandise Trains 400-499 X Bulk Commodities 500-599 Y Bulk Commodities 600-699 Z Bulk Commodities 700-799 Q Coal Trains 800-899 S […]

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TGIF – Train 36T With A GP40-2 And The Delaware Lackawanna In Downtown Scranton

Norfolk Southern 36T with 103 cars @ 09:35 a.m….     Delaware-Lackawanna ALCO diesels crossing Lackawanna Avenue in Downtown Scranton, Pa….   Train 36T With A GP40-2 And The Delaware Lackawanna In Downtown Scranton   Guide To Understanding Norfolk Southern Train Symbols: Train Number Series Extra Series Symbol Train Description 000-099 R Special Trains 100-199 […]

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Passenger Stations: Allenwood, Pennsylvania

Gregg Township, named for U.S. House Representative Andrew Gregg, was founded in 1865 and is bordered by Lycoming County to the west and north, the West Branch of the Susquehanna River to the east, over which lies Northumberland County and White Deer Township to the south. The township shares Union County’s rural character with farms […]

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Rare Bird, Er Box…. Santa Fe’s BX-166 Boxcars

This rare BX-166 boxcar (still in its “as delivered” Indian Red paint) is shown @ Taylor Yard on the Reading & Northern. Note the “BX-166” designation on the bottom right side of the car. In a world where boxcars are in short supply, here’s a rarity that you won’t find in too many places…. The […]

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Norfolk Southern Work Train 90M At The Old Nescopeck Yard

Here is Work Train 90M…. A lone MOW car with a removable excavator!… The track in the background is the Sunbury main line. And speaking of Work Train 90M…. If you’ve been listening to the scanner over the past few weeks, then you’ve no doubt been hearing a lot about this train. It’s a work […]

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