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Close the door?

Discussion in 'Metal Heads' started by Hermdog, Sep 5, 2004.

  1. Hermdog

    Hermdog Elite Member

    Joined: Nov 6, 2003 Messages: 4,504 Likes Received: 9
    We all have caught a line in a lay-up and the door is wide open blocking a burner. Is there a way to shut the door?
  2. ZedIsAlive

    ZedIsAlive Junior Member

    Joined: Jul 9, 2004 Messages: 136 Likes Received: 0
    yeah, i think you need a forklift.
    ill send you mine.
  3. porque

    porque Senior Member

    Joined: May 5, 2002 Messages: 1,844 Likes Received: 0
    ...sorry herm...it's pretty much impossible without a forklift or something like that...those doors are really heavy and when you apply pressure at the base of it, like you would if you were to push it closed, you would need an extrodinary amount of force to counter the static friction that is keeping it open...i have seen doors slam shut when cars are being humped, but i guess you'd need an engine to do that...
  4. MomuhsBoi

    MomuhsBoi New Jack

    Joined: Jun 17, 2004 Messages: 92 Likes Received: 0
  5. Kirby p

    Kirby p Senior Member

    Joined: Feb 11, 2004 Messages: 1,034 Likes Received: 0
    It's always worth a try, if they've been lubed recently you can shut it most of the way.
    unless you're scared of finger prints..

    you get more torque if you actually get up in the box car so's you can almost shut it..
  6. InnerCityRebel

    InnerCityRebel Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 19, 2002 Messages: 8,297 Likes Received: 117
    every once and awhile you will get one that slides shut real nicely.But not very often.Just hope you see the car again while the door is shut.I have missed tons of dope shit due to doors being open..
  7. alabama

    alabama Member

    Joined: Nov 18, 2001 Messages: 618 Likes Received: 0
    you got that right...i closed one by myself one time.....i was expecting it not to budge, but it took off and slammed around making all sorts of racket.
  8. Cracked Ass

    Cracked Ass Veteran Member

    Joined: Oct 24, 2001 Messages: 7,898 Likes Received: 47
    We closed a door once to paint, it took 2 people and it was so fucking loud.
    Most boxcar doors are a little banged up, making them impossible to move without a forklift. Rarely you get an easy slider but it's still really loud when it hits.
  9. WITS

    WITS Member

    Joined: Apr 17, 2002 Messages: 366 Likes Received: 0
    thats happened to me a couple pf times
  10. Bellbeefer

    Bellbeefer Senior Member

    Joined: Apr 30, 2002 Messages: 1,265 Likes Received: 17
    my younger cousin said he closed a door on a boxcar to take a pic......he said it closed really easy(i didn't believe him).... but, was damn loud....
  11. KaBar2

    KaBar2 Senior Member

    Joined: Jun 27, 2003 Messages: 2,128 Likes Received: 66
    It's possible, but difficult

    Modern boxcars (called "plug-door" boxcars) are of a design that requires the doors to be closed before the car can be pulled over the road. The doors have brackets that allow the door to be pulled out away from the door jamb, and rolled on rollers that bear on an external door track. These rollers are supposed to be periodically maintained, greased, etc., but they almost never get maintained except at scheduled maintenance stand-downs. We grease the door on the boxcar on display at Britt every year before the Hobo Convention, and it can be opened and closed by two strong men. Taz actually rolled it closed mostly by himself this year, the rest of us there really weren't needed. But he's a really big guy, probably weighs over 250.

    The older boxcars (called "revenue" boxcars) that can legally run with the doors open, are much more difficult to open or close. We rolled one open to get a view out both sides back in the day, but it took four guys and a lot of effort. These doors usually require a vehicle to open, either a forklift or a pick-up truck with a chain. I have seen warehouse workers open a sticky door with a Hi-Lift farm jack set horizontally too.

    If you want to close one, do it from inside the car if possible (better leverage), and BE CAREFUL NOT TO LOCK YOURSELF IN. I never heard of anybody locking themselves inside a boxcar by accident, but I guess anything is possible. In other words, be sure the door on the other side is open enough to get out of the car. I'd roll it as far closed as I could from inside, then get out and finish closing it from the ground.
  12. ArtistikFunk

    ArtistikFunk Senior Member

    Joined: May 7, 2003 Messages: 1,498 Likes Received: 38
    Most but not all boxcars are always well maintained-
    If a door doesn't open or close the customer/shipper can refuse a load or an empty on delivery due to the door not opening, Thus pissing the railroad off cause now they now have to pay for the car to be hauled back to the yard & off to the HOME SHOP FOR REPAIRS.
    Most boxcar doors have a latch or lock located on the bottom of the track at the end of the door- look carefully at the mechanics.
    I unlatched & unlocked a few boxcar doors to catch flicks of an e2e
    Just watch your fingers!
  13. schick1

    schick1 Guest

    one time at a really chill spot me and my freinds were bored so we opened the door of a boxcar to see what was in it,,,,,,,,,it took 3 of use to open it and there was just a bunch of paper laying around inside it.!
  14. crave

    crave Veteran Member

    Joined: Jan 20, 2002 Messages: 6,728 Likes Received: 10
    out of the dozen or so times that i've tried, the door has never shut for me. i'm not a small guy either, you fucking muscleheads. .
  15. LugKnut

    LugKnut Member

    Joined: Apr 17, 2003 Messages: 560 Likes Received: 4
    how about just going on to the next car.I rather someone miss a good catch then come on here and read a thread called "chopped off fingers on boxcar door" or "locked in boxcar for hours till rail police escorted me out of it"