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Colorful Covered Hoppers

Colorful freight cars in a world of grays and browns.

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Cylindrical Covered Hoppers (Part 2 of 2)

See Part 1 for the complete history of these unique freight cars. Cylindrical Hoppers (Part 2 of 2)

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Cylindrical Covered Hoppers (Part 1 of 2)

Perhaps the best part of rail fanning is the fact that there’s so many different types of freight cars to look at…. That being said, there’s no mistaking the odd but distinctive look of a cylindrical covered hopper. Besides often seen far from their home rails, what isn’t always obvious is the important role they […]

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[500th Post!] Today’s Mechanical Reefers And Refrigerated Boxcars

The 3 reefers shown above @ Enola Yard are good examples of the refrigerated cars roaming the rails of America today. The one to the left is a Union Pacific “Chilled Express” reefer that was probably refurbished from an old Fruit Grower’s Express (FGE) insulated boxcar. The one in the middle is one of UP’s […]

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Halliburton’s (HWCX) Pink Covered Hopper #7993 Spotted In Johnstown, Colorado

Steve Priest of Johnstown, Colorado caught one of Halliburton‘s (HWCX) Pink pearls near his home. Located near a side track in Johnstown. The track is about 4 miles long and probably served to bring in the sugar beet harvest. Now it’s used to park empty cars and sometimes you can find oil tankers there and […]

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AOK & AOKX…. Probably Not Who You Thought

You’ve probably seen freight cars roaming the rails with the AOK & AOKX reporting mark. If you’ve ever researched their origin then your search would lead you to the Arkansas-Oklahoma Railroad but in reality the name you should associate with them is Greenbrier Leasing. It seems that Greenbrier approached the AOK about using their reporting […]

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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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