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CSX "Coke Railway" Hopper

Discussion in 'Metal Heads' started by Tre$Loco$, Feb 17, 2004.

  1. Tre$Loco$

    Tre$Loco$ Member

    Joined: Sep 15, 2002 Messages: 623 Likes Received: 0
    CSX "Coke Express" Hopper

    I saw it today parked next to the highway, its a big blue CSX hopper and it says something like "Coke Rail" or "train" or something ironic and funny on the side. Anyone ever seen one or got a flic, I thought it was so weird to see that on the side of a container car.

    *title edited for correction*
  2. parcheesey

    parcheesey New Jack

    Joined: Nov 11, 2002 Messages: 0 Likes Received: 2
    i think its called the coke express?
  3. Tre$Loco$

    Tre$Loco$ Member

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    ^^^ yeah thats it I couldnt remember
  4. parcheesey

    parcheesey New Jack

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    TURBO DOG Member

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    i have painted one just like that but it didnt say coke express... why does it say that??
  6. type R

    type R Senior Member

    Joined: Sep 23, 2001 Messages: 2,456 Likes Received: 1
    these were used/produced specifically for the transport of metallurgical coke. they were brought about in the 80's i think. they were designed to have a higher payload, which means they are built taller because of the product they are designed for. they also built them so that if the "coke" market dies down, the top of the car can be cut away and the car will be used as a normal hopper.

    oh here is a definition of what it carries:
    metallurgical coke-
    Metallurgical coke is produced by carbonization of coals or coal blends at
    temperatures up to 1400 K to produce a macroporous carbon material of
    high strength and relatively large lump size.
    Metallurgical cokes must have a high strength to support heavy loads in
    the blast furnace without disintegration. Metallurgical coke is also used as filler coke for polygranular products.

    hope that helps.
  7. Tre$Loco$

    Tre$Loco$ Member

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    wow, thanks that exactly what I wanted to know....kudos
  8. nelACKson

    nelACKson Elite Member

    Joined: Mar 26, 2001 Messages: 3,821 Likes Received: 2
    coke is a byproduct of the production of steel...or its used in the production of steel, i cant remember...it was like a woodchip car right? we're in the same city, ive see em too.

    FR8HOUND Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Mar 21, 2001 Messages: 6,795 Likes Received: 38
    seen 'em at the local coke plant here too, which is coincidentally right next to the old steel mill...:dazed:
  10. Hank Parker

    Hank Parker Senior Member

    Joined: Sep 17, 2002 Messages: 1,902 Likes Received: 0
    i was grosly mistaken by the title on the hopper when i approached one in a yard...so i lined some up, took a toot.......and boy was my face red. all i really got was a real bad sore on the inside of my nose and my finger nails turned yellow for a month.

  11. crave

    crave Veteran Member

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    i'm glad someone cleared that up. i've been wondering for awhile now why there was a "Coke Express."
  12. TranceStoner

    TranceStoner Member

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  13. krowteN

    krowteN Member

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    i see those frequently in transit.

    and to think i thought that was some kind of party train.
  14. dirtyeskimo5

    dirtyeskimo5 New Jack

    Joined: Mar 12, 2004 Messages: 53 Likes Received: 0
    I thought it was a rolling party too. I never seen one stopped and I assumed inside is about 40-60 cokeheads doing coke in express fashion.
  15. Gunm

    Gunm Banned

    Joined: Aug 31, 2003 Messages: 12,427 Likes Received: 2

    Dude, I hear the columbians are running shit now to the point where they just flaunt it. Coke Express.....rolling through a trendy part of town near you.