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Swiffer Jet

help identifying this doohicky

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it just looks like a run of the mill covered hopper. its hard to tell with such a tiny photo. any unusual markings on it or anything?

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I've never seen anything like that before...was their a whole line of them? What area are you in? That can help greatly as to determining what that car is and what it is used for...

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...covered wood-chip gondola?...

 

...your flick is really small so it's hard to tell...was the car big?...

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i didnt want to start a thread about this, but this thread has some quite educated responses, i just want to know where you people such as bosco learned sooooooooooo much about trains, i really would like to learn a lot about trains like you have done, so uh yea, if yall wanna email me or contact me on aim..or just leave a message on here...

 

otrfatcap@yahoo.com

 

dkpunklifeaf - im on that sn more then the other one..

otrfatcap - i get on this sn sometimes...

both of those are for aim, please drop a line..

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Originally posted by Bosco

I've never seen anything like that before...was their a whole line of them? What area are you in? That can help greatly as to determining what that car is and what it is used for...

 

yeah, it was a very long line. it's parked in a very industrial part of where i live.

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Guest rob deer

woodchips sound right to me, but that's cause I'm from a woodchip part of the country, at the same time it's far far away from csx land. if it was sulfur you'd be able to smell it right?

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The car looks like it has some sort of roof on it, woodchips cars have open tops for easy loading. I can't tell if their are hatchs at the bottom for whatever that car is carrying. If it was for woodchips, and their are no hatchs on the bottom, the car would have to have rotarty couplers at one end for the tilting machine at the paper plant. Since the cars were spotted in a unit train this could be possible, but the thing on top looks like a roof, leading me to believe the car is for something else. Wood chip cars are much bigger. Whatever it is, it was built in CSX shops for some kind of specific purpose...You got another flick?

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Plastic pellets?

 

They manufacture a lot of plastic pellets down here on the Texas Gulf Coast, and they are usually shipped in standard ACF bottom-gate grainers, and loaded through the top with a gravity fed pipe or blown in. No idea what this hi-cube hopper car might be for, if not wood chips. Maybe plastic pellets or something similar? Are there any petrochemical plants near wherethis rail line is?

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Guest soneMILWwi

looks like some extended height garbage holder train... but thats just me...

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i caught a whole stack of those chessie hopper tops in your area a few months ago.. i talked to a worker & he said that they don't really use em anymore. they used to use them in the 80's to cover the hoppers. it makes sense to use them on woodchip cars tho so that rain can't get in & ruin the wood.

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Originally posted by You All Rott

i caught a whole stack of those chessie hopper tops in your area a few months ago..

yeah my friend and i found a short line of them. too bad they don't run.

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That looks like a covered woodchip car to me, but I couldn't say for sure.

I doubt it's sulfur. Sulfur is a hazardous material (UN 2448) and is usually shipped molten in tank cars. Of course I haven't traveled the US freight system extensively enough to know everything; one thing I've learned in my travels is that there can be some unique, localized oddities you won't see anywhere else in the country.

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c walking

 

looks like a covered hoppers to me as well..i dont see those things out here that much..but i think that is what it is as well!

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i've come to the conclusion that it's probably a covered hopper.

 

a railworker-type person says there's stuff like wet rock, phosphate, pure ammonia, etc etc at that particular location

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