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Train Heights

Discussion in 'Metal Heads' started by Daze One Million, Aug 8, 2003.

  1. Daze One Million

    Daze One Million Elite Member

    Joined: Jun 12, 2001 Messages: 3,804 Likes Received: 0
    stupid question but seriously asking, how far from the ground on average do the wheels go up, because from round here ive seen some pretty high ass trains but in flicks around this site they dont seem that big...is it just a camera issue or are certain trains lower than others? and what do you mostly come across?
  2. king kong

    king kong Banned

    Joined: Jul 24, 2003 Messages: 2,292 Likes Received: 0
    not that high, some yards ive been to the tracks are on a 5 feet pile of rocks so that adds to the height :mad:
  3. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Aug 25, 2002 Messages: 14,783 Likes Received: 14
    some hoppers are a little higher
  4. Bosco

    Bosco Member

    Joined: Jun 21, 2003 Messages: 317 Likes Received: 0
    The wheels and trucks are all the same height, its just how the body is mounted to the trucks. On double stacks the trucks tuck into the car to compensate for the excess height of the containers and to bring the center of gravity closer to the ground w/ its height and long length. On Pullman-Standard 3 bay hoppers the body is mounted high to aid in the gravity induced unloading process of the grain (take about 2 damn milkcrates to reach), as opposed to ACF smoothside hoppers which sit a lower but if you look under them their are big gaps between the "chutes". It really all depends on the design, weight of cargo to be moved, and its ability to transport cargo safely and effectively.
  5. Daze One Million

    Daze One Million Elite Member

    Joined: Jun 12, 2001 Messages: 3,804 Likes Received: 0
    so in a typical yard you would come across all differnt heights then am i correct?
  6. Neskoner

    Neskoner New Jack

    Joined: Jan 6, 2003 Messages: 0 Likes Received: 1
  7. king kong

    king kong Banned

    Joined: Jul 24, 2003 Messages: 2,292 Likes Received: 0
    you got it...now johnny tell him what he's won!
  8. WITS

    WITS Member

    Joined: Apr 17, 2002 Messages: 366 Likes Received: 0
    I've come across some hoppers that I could walk under by barely ducking and I'm 6'3". Those fuckers were high..
  9. Cracked Ass

    Cracked Ass Veteran Member

    Joined: Oct 24, 2001 Messages: 7,898 Likes Received: 47
    Bosco has most of it covered. A lot of boxcar floors (inside) start at 4 feet. Some hang lower in the middle without adding any interior space, it's just a matter of how the frame was built.
    I might add, most boxcars are 14 to 14 1/2 feet tall, and autoracks and excess height boxes substantially taller. Freight wholecars are no joke.
  10. Daze One Million

    Daze One Million Elite Member

    Joined: Jun 12, 2001 Messages: 3,804 Likes Received: 0
    thanks for all the info, i was really not expecting mature responses and you guys proved me wrong
  11. rob deer

    rob deer Guest

  12. Raw fish

    Raw fish Member

    Joined: Apr 10, 2000 Messages: 868 Likes Received: 2
    daze, talk to the local heads before you go out and try to do something.. there is a lot of knowledge to be gained and a lot of things you should know first... besdies the concerns about surface you want to paint
  13. KaBar2

    KaBar2 Senior Member

    Joined: Jun 27, 2003 Messages: 2,128 Likes Received: 66
    By the way

    Even though it's definately possible to stand up under a grainer in the space between the hopper chutes, DON'T DO IT. If the train moves, you are dead meat. These spaces, on some models of grainers (Canadian grainers and Cadillac grainers) seem almost designed to help you hide from security people. but like I said, the "potentially dismembered" risk is high enough to increase my pucker factor off the scale.
  14. Southern kid

    Southern kid Elite Member

    Joined: Apr 19, 2000 Messages: 3,965 Likes Received: 0
    Direct him to the staying alive thread. Whats the name of it again? Good words in that sucker.