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Why do some intermodals share a truck?

Discussion in 'Metal Heads' started by Dick Quickwood, Aug 8, 2004.

  1. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

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  2. Ski Mask

    Ski Mask 12oz Loyalist

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    this quote from a leasing guide by GATX sums it up nicely:

    Key Features & Benefits: Multi-platform articulated cars greatly enhance ride quality due to a reduction in train slack action, thus reducing lading damage and freight claims. Reduction of total train length and freight car tare weights when using articulated equipment allows intermodal freight service to compete with over-the-road trucking.
  3. ZedIsAlive

    ZedIsAlive Junior Member

    Joined: Jul 9, 2004 Messages: 136 Likes Received: 0
    like those tripple crowns. they dont even have the bed, they just stick the steel wheels right on the truck container. and those shits do like 80 mph (not literally) and the rubber wheels from the truck container are just inches from the rail. i saw a promotion on them once by NS and it said that they could transport a glass of wine without spilling a drop.
  4. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

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    i see. can i find that guide online?

    * never mind, i found it
  5. nocomply

    nocomply Member

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    roadrailers roll thru a few times everyday at a line i bench...boring and very long at times..and i'm sure they get up to 60mph..ive seen the intermodals with trailers sharing different cars...i wasnt really sure why either i just thought it was to save space..another thing about intermodals i've noticed is they don't break up the lines often so if someone hits three cars in a row it may stay that way
  6. ZedIsAlive

    ZedIsAlive Junior Member

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    yeah i think the double stack beds come in sets of 3 and 5. thats why only the first and last part of the set will have reporting marks.
  7. 40ozbreath

    40ozbreath Member

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    i have no fucking clue what you guys are talking about
  8. Cracked Ass

    Cracked Ass Veteran Member

    Joined: Oct 24, 2001 Messages: 7,898 Likes Received: 47
    Exactly. I've seen some called spine cars. One time I had to alert my boy to the fact that he didn't get far enough down the line to be starting a second piece on a different car, he was about to do another segment of the same multi-pack.
    One easy way to tell if you're dealing with single intermodal units or multi-pack sets is to look at where the wheel trucks relate to the frame. You're used to seeing, say, two boxcars coupled together, and there will be one set of wheels, the end of the car, the coupler of that car, the coupler of the next car, the beginning of that car, and another set of wheels. On spine cars or multipacks or triple crowns or whatever you choose to call them, where the segments meet there are two frame ends meeting on top of ONE set of wheel trucks.
    I haven't painted enough intermodals. I like the red BNSF or BRAN ones with the taller, flatter panel. The worst of the spine cars, you barely have room for a streak.
  9. porque

    porque Senior Member

    Joined: May 5, 2002 Messages: 1,844 Likes Received: 0
    ...on the east coast we see the FEC (florida east coast) intermodals the most...almost all of these that i've ever seen are really mulltiple linked cars...the reporting marks are the same except that they have letter distinctions on each car, A,B,C...etc....they don't get hit much...but i always hoped to one day see the twenty person end to end on a five car set of these...