SL-SF 86532

Discussion in 'Hopper Cars' started by pensive, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. pensive

    pensive Member Supporter

    While attending "Galesburg Railroad Days" this past weekend, I spotted this Frisco covered hopper still in its original paint scheme. Please excuse the poor quality as it was a hand held picture taken at dusk. --Rich

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  2. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Rich, thanks for sharing.

    Do you or anyone else know if this was one of the last batch of cars ordered by the Frisco with SL-SF reporting marks but painted in BN green in anticipation of the pending merger and eventual (!) repainting

    Best Regards,
  3. pensive

    pensive Member Supporter

    Chris-According to Molo's Frisco/Katy Color Guide to Freight Equipment, the 86500-86799 series were the last order of covered hoppers prior to the merger. I haven't seen any evidence that any other series of freight cars were painted Cascade Green in anticipation of the merger with BN. --Rich
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  4. FriscoFriend

    FriscoFriend Passed Away April 12, 2018 Supporter

    Does anyone have any idea of the purpose of the 5 vertical orange strips painted on the car?
  5. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Supporter

    Those are "Scotchlite" or like reflective material which have been added for increased grade-crossing visibility. The requirement is a relatively recent regulation.
  6. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Thanks for clarifying, Rich...and good find!

    Best Regards,
  7. Another car from this order #86729 showed up at Ft.Smith at the OK Foods mill near where the tracks used to curve into Fort Smith Union Station. #86729 dosen't have the new frame stripes. Here is a picture taken by my friend Barry Kincy. I do have more detail shots of this car. My computer won't load them right now though. Ship it on the Frisco!!!

    Murphy Jenkins 86.jpg
  8. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

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  9. FRISCO4503

    FRISCO4503 FRISCO4503 Supporter

    Bob, these are safety stripes, darker colored cars are hard to see at night. During my days as a conductor and engineer, I heard of and experienced many an automobile running into the side of my train. The 2 main factors were a cross buck only crossing (NO LIGHTS) and a dark painted railcar, plus add in graffiti over the safety reflective stripes, and you have a perfect recipe for disaster!!!

    I hope this answered your question!!!

    Keep shipping FRISCO
  10. WindsorSpring

    WindsorSpring Member

    A grain extra just went east towards Lindenwood with one green hopper lettered SLSF. Shame on me for no camera and for being too excited to note the number, but I just had to share this!

    George "I promise next time the camera will be around my neck and a notepad will be handy" Nelson
  11. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Great catch George! Good to hear the SL-SF lives on.

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