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Other Service for Auto Parts Boxcars
« on: July 17, 2014, 01:08:42 PM »
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Hello, would anyone know of other service 60 foot and monster 86 foot auto parts boxcars may be found in, especially in the modern era?  If you have any pictures of the cars in other service that would be nice!

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Re: Other Service for Auto Parts Boxcars
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2014, 01:23:54 PM »
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I sometimes see those large cars come into Baltimore.  Was told they go to a GE facility furher east of there.  Guessing they carry large parts for making various appliances.

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Re: Other Service for Auto Parts Boxcars
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2014, 01:27:56 PM »
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Yes, I was going to say that the 60-footers would be 'bout right for appliance service. With their 100+ ton trucks they would replace the 40' "baby" hi-cubes we saw in the '70s.
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Re: Other Service for Auto Parts Boxcars
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2014, 01:28:37 PM »
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I know that out here in the Pacific NW, they were used to haul hay at times.
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Re: Other Service for Auto Parts Boxcars
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2014, 03:18:50 PM »
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There are 86'ers I see infrequently on CN east of Toronto carrying HCSX reporting marks, all of which seem to be former CSX family cars. They are used to carry peat moss out of the maritime, iirc.

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Fmr C&O http://freight.railfan.ca/cgi-bin/image.pl?i=hcsx8010&o=hcsx
Frm L&N http://freight.railfan.ca/cgi-bin/image.pl?i=hcsx8016&o=hcsx
Fmr SBD http://freight.railfan.ca/cgi-bin/image.pl?i=hcsx8026&o=hcsx
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Re: Other Service for Auto Parts Boxcars
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2014, 07:27:48 PM »
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I think I remember seeing 86' boxcars used in service for cereal companies

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Re: Other Service for Auto Parts Boxcars
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2014, 07:32:58 PM »
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Seems like the bottom line is any commodity that is bulky and light. Are you looking for run-through cars, or contemplating a shipping or receiving industry? Wouldn't have guessed peat-moss. That would be a cool industry to model!

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Re: Other Service for Auto Parts Boxcars
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2014, 10:21:46 PM »
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I sometimes see those large cars come into Baltimore.  Was told they go to a GE facility furher east of there.  Guessing they carry large parts for making various appliances.

Bob,

There's a GE appliance facility in Cecil County, Maryland on CSX's Philly Subdivision.  Those 86' boxcars come in there.  As proof, here's an article from our local newspaper several years ago when CSX let the cars run off the end of the siding and they ended up on Belvedere Road.  Check out the lead picture.  Oops.

http://www.cecildaily.com/news/article_d87e518e-7d93-57c9-9754-078c6f84275e.html

You know, that must have been one hell of a sight seeing a few large boxcars come through the trees and cross the road where there's no railroad tracks!  Anyway, the article confirms that these cars were carrying appliances.

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Re: Other Service for Auto Parts Boxcars
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2014, 07:32:16 AM »
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Bob,

There's a GE appliance facility in Cecil County, Maryland on CSX's Philly Subdivision.  Those 86' boxcars come in there.  As proof, here's an article from our local newspaper several years ago when CSX let the cars run off the end of the siding and they ended up on Belvedere Road.  Check out the lead picture.  Oops.

http://www.cecildaily.com/news/article_d87e518e-7d93-57c9-9754-078c6f84275e.html

You know, that must have been one hell of a sight seeing a few large boxcars come through the trees and cross the road where there's no railroad tracks!  Anyway, the article confirms that these cars were carrying appliances.

Hope this helps,
DFF

That's the place I was thinking of Dave.  I was looking for that article to post but could not find it. 

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Re: Other Service for Auto Parts Boxcars
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2014, 02:27:12 PM »
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The GN specifically bought their 60 ft boxcars for appliance and paper service, as they didn't serve any auto plants.  Neither the GN nor the NP owned an 86 ft box, and I believe these were originally used almost exclusively for auto parts, as they were a very rare sight in eastern Washington.  But 60 ft "auto parts" cars were used for almost any low-density commodity from the very beginning.
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Re: Other Service for Auto Parts Boxcars
« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2014, 04:45:44 PM »
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The Goodyear Tire plant here in Topeka KS used to ship their construction equipment tires out in the 86' cars, also used containers without roofs.   Have not seen either in some time, I think the are shipped out by truck now.

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Re: Other Service for Auto Parts Boxcars
« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2014, 06:35:22 PM »
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A guy I worked with in the FD who went to work for CSX as a welder after he retired told me about the time he got called from his base at Jessup to go there to fix "a damaged door on a boxcar at Belcamp". He gets there and he said it looked like something out of Goodfellas...not 1 boxcar but 21 cars with the doors cut off and loads stolen...took quite an orchestrated effort to pull it off.

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Bob,

There's a GE appliance facility in Cecil County, Maryland on CSX's Philly Subdivision.  Those 86' boxcars come in there.  As proof, here's an article from our local newspaper several years ago when CSX let the cars run off the end of the siding and they ended up on Belvedere Road.  Check out the lead picture.  Oops.

http://www.cecildaily.com/news/article_d87e518e-7d93-57c9-9754-078c6f84275e.html

You know, that must have been one hell of a sight seeing a few large boxcars come through the trees and cross the road where there's no railroad tracks!  Anyway, the article confirms that these cars were carrying appliances.

Hope this helps,
DFF
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