Norfolk Southern’s Seldom Seen Scale Test Cars

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One of the most seldom seen, and yet important, functions of any railroad is the weighing of loaded and/or empty freight cars to ensure that proper charges are being made to the customer. That being said, one of the most important facets of billing is making sure that the scales where the cars are weighed are accurate.

Norfolk Southern Scale Test Car #982569 is a rare bird indeed…. These scale test cars are super vital to the railroad and the shipper as they serve to verify scales which helps to insure that the cars are not overloaded, or loaded above the maximum North American Free Interchange Gross Rail Load (GRL) limit of 286,000 lbs.. When car “light weights” (tare) are verified by scales, the shipper then knows how much product can be loaded in the car.

Norfolk Southern’s Seldom Seen Scale Test Cars

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Author:Railfan AC

AC is a U.S. Air Force Veteran, a long haul trucker, a transportation enthusiast and a lifelong lover of trains. AC's mission is to travel America documenting American railroading in the 21st century while educating those who want to know about the importance the railroads play in our daily lives including, but not limited to, the movement of goods, services and more.

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