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For me, it's the little beer can tank cars, which I've never actually seen irl
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>>1734119
The shortest tank I've ever seen is a 39'. Ore jenny's are comically short, though.
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2-axle TOFC. I don't know much about these but I think they ended up being too light and were prone to derailing. They were also built for 48' trailers and couldn't handle modern 53' trailers, nor could they accommodate containers.
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>>1734228
FlexiVan I believe...
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Schnabel car
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>>1734119
Shorties have become really uncommon in Europe as well.
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>>1734268
Surely that's an oddly specific arrangement. Only seems to allow the length of compact cars in regards to the height of the railcars, and I doubt it saves much space compared to just parking the cars lengthwise on two levels.
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Thought I'd post some UK stock.
Pic related is a GWR 'Fruit D' van.
They were used (as the name suggests) to get perishable fruit and veg across the country.
Due to their stable riding at speed and large volume, they were also used and built by both the GWR and BR to carry parcels. Some survived after they were withdrawn from revenue use in maintenance trains.
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The most numerous wagons with over 300,000 produced by BR, the 16t mineral wagon.
Used to replace the myriad wagons of the big 4 and private owners and it was based off an LMS design.

The majority of these wagons were built only with handbrakes and continued clogging up the system with their allowed maximum speed (25mph).
The design had to fit within the constraints of colliery loading/unloading bays and they had no vacuum or air brakes as disconnecting the brake pipes was seen as a big hindrance.

Coal trains on the Great Central's London Extension in BR days were run at far higher speeds due to the lack of traffic on the line and shallow gradients, making control of the train far easier.
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A 3,000 gallon milk tank wagon.
These were introduced after the increasing demand for fresh milk by big cities made the previous system of transporting milk churns too cumbersome.

The dairy owned the tank, but the railway owned the under frame. At first they ran on 4 wheeled under frames, but they rode badly and often churned the milk. Baffles were soon installed and a 6 wheel frame substituted, which alleviated the problem. This basic design lasted for over 50 years before milk traffic on BR stopped in the 1980s.
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>>1734246
hot damn
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>>1734309
Yeah it was built just for the Chevy Vega. The GM engineers even designed the oiling system on them to not screw up when they were loaded vertically.
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>>1734376
Also, not the other version called the StacPac in the background.
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>>1734377
That's actually a cooler idea than the Verta-pac. At any rate, no one's come up with a better design than conventional auto-racks
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>>1734376
>let's design special train cars to carry one specific model of car vertically
Just Detroit things. And the worst thing is I'm not even surprised after learning that GM had Cadillac Allante bodies built in Italy and then flown to the US by jumbo jet for assembly. This company has had all sorts of retarded ideas over the years, and the only thing keeping them afloat was clever political lobbying.
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>>1734309
>I doubt it saves much space compared to just parking the cars lengthwise on two levels.
A visual estimation suggests the railcar could hold 5 road cars parked lengthwise. Maybe 6 road cars, if we're being generous with the estimation. That means even if they parked the cars lengthwise on FOUR levels, the railcar could carry 24 road cars. Compare that to the arrangement in the pic looks like the railcar holds 30 road cars.
So I think you are most definitely wrong.
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Ribbon rail cars/strings are a trip. The first one I saw (about one mile long) was really fucking with my brain, trying to figure out what was happening.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0kk5DXTAnC8
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Whale belly tank car. Like the 2-axle Front Runners >>1734228, I think only one example exists, and both are at the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis.

Ultimately, there's no advantage to having a huge tank car versus using a few normal sized cars.
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>>1734347
Edibles on railroads I've never seen. I know that they are used in food production--a rice mill usually has a few cars (cars in the rail sense, not autos) parked on its spur, the ice cream plant uses sugar, and the Anheuser-Busch plant uses grain imported, but these are all covered and not marked. Only once do I remember a clearly-marked vegetable oil car (and it was brand new too). It marked a clear differentiation from the stouter and rustier car carrying molten sulfur.

One type of rare car that I'd seen the 2000s was a sort of hybrid car, looking like a gondola car on the lower half but a tank car on the top. I still don't know what it's called.
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Also surprised no one mentioned slag dump cars, it's like giant ladles pouring out what liquid metal off the side.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhJF_hTJ2Rw
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>>1735017
A coil car, for carrying rolls of sheet metal?
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Bethgon II.
Aluminium construction. Just 18T of tare weight ( 4 tonnes less then european coal gondola ) and 120T gross weight when fully loaded.
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>>1735022
>slag dump cars
Can't believe your mum's got her own bespoke rolling stock
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Anyone familiar with narrow gauge platforms for standard gauge wagons?
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>>1735556
rekt
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>>1735557
No, but I know that Russia and Newfoundland, Canada both swapped standard gauge bogies for narrow/metre gauge bogies.
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>>1735823
The 3’ gauge East Broad Top Railroad in Pennsylvania would put narrow gauge bogies on standard gauge cars. It wasn’t super common but they would do it to save transloading a boxcar or tankcar. The line was build to high standards unlike many sketchy U.S. narrow gauge lines so a heavy oversize car wasn’t a problem.

BTW the EBT is undergoing a massive renewal after years of most of the line being dormant and after tourist operations shut down for years in a beef with the former owners. It’s the best preserved narrow gauge east of the Rockies and should be a must see for any foamer in the region.
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>>1735823
>bogies
They're called trucks, faggot.
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>>1736035
Found the mutt.
>>1735022
Imagine the smell
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>>1736048
We perfected railroading as the greatest industry under God. You faggots are just pale imitators at this point.
>Anno Domini 2021
>Still don't have a standardized coupler
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>>1736052
Umm. Link and buffers is pretty standarized. Besides - when it comes to railroading - Russians, Indians and Chinese have you beat. You might have been great once, but now you're just average.
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>>1735022
interesting recommendations after that video.
Chinese using steam locos to dump slag in 2011

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXldyBEEIXY
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>>1736057
I ended up with russians testing 6-axle side-dump cars. Freaky.
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>>1736057
I saw a video years ago of this little chinese steam engine that was dropping cars. It was pretty neat.
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>>1736035
They're called both on this side of the pond, you insufferable nigger.
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>>1736154
Everyone in the US calls them trucks
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>>1736194
>>1736048
>>1736035
Nobody cares, nobody asked
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>>1736271
You will conform to the correct nomenclature if you wish to continue posting on this board.
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>>1736194
We use both.

t. Actual bogie/truck engineer.
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>>1736442
We use "trucks"

t. railroader

Will not be posting paystub
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post more rollers
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"Rollwagen"
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What are the passenger cars in pic related? Does Union Pacific offer passenger service?

Taken in Pocatello, Idaho
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>>1740637
You've never heard of executive or employee specials? These ones look like they're for MoW to get the gangs to remote locations, however.

And yes, UP does provide passenger service in the Chicago area(for a little while longer at least), but they don't do passenger service how you'd probably think.
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>>1740665
Yeah I believe it's the crew "Snow Shuttle"





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