Discussion in 'General' started by tboyne, Jan 5, 2016.
Does anyone know anything about this particular car or why it would be used?
I don't know but I did a search for that company and it specializes in moving project cargo over the rails. They move wind turbine blades, crazy large pipe and other oddly shaped super heavy cargo and they use special built flat cars to do the job.
That makes some sence Jim, I know sometimes on special moves, they have people watch the move. Like the Rocket motors that moved into the cape for the Shuttle, it had a Trainmaster that followed the move, because of the expense of the product and the tie downs. Just a guess here now.
It looks like the same type of caboose that the Frisco purchased secondhand from the Santa Fe railroad.
Ship it on the Frisco!!!
I went to www.railengineer.com and read the same as what Jim did. The caboose could be used for monitoring equipment during the move. On the Space Station we had a special built tractor trailer move assemblies from Tulsa to Kennedy Space Center. It had a extended cab that was used for monitoring equipment and we attached accelerometers on several points. My guess is the caboose is doing the same.
This is a photo from the Rail Engineer website with several wind turbine blades loaded on flat cars. The blades kind of look like giant elephant tusks don't they.
I found two more photos of Rail Engineer's railcar loads.
I've seen these go past my house along the UP mainline. Awesome sight.
That is incredible. I've seen those going up the Maine turnpike on trucks. They have one blade per truck and usually two state troopers in front of and two behind each one. It creates quite a procession to watch.
There is a company that builds them somewhere in the Tulsa area. I'll try to find out where add post it. Didn't know they were being shipped by rail until this thread was started.
They pass through Kirkwood, too. Here is a collection of shots from a westbound one that passed through on an otherwise gloomy March 31, 2014. Note the flatcars have double trucks. I see these pass through as empties from time to time.
Trinity Industries, formality DMI Industries, makes the wind turbines off of Tiger Switch Rd. northeast of Tulsa.
Nice photo, the cars with the double trucks are neat also. Generally that type car is a little shorter, sure would not want to rerail one of those.
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