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Date: 11/22/12 06:52
Something different...U.S. built rail cars for export
Author: fqo63

Several dozen U.S. built hoppers wait to be loaded aboard the freighter 'Industrial Faith' at the Port of Pensacola, Florida. They are standard gauge, so probably bound for Venezuela or Columbia which are mostly standard gauge.

Does anyone on TO know where they are going?








Date: 11/22/12 08:47
Re: Something different...U.S. built rail cars for expo
Author: BaltoJoey

Well, I just discovered that AARX is a reporting mark for equipment in transit.



Date: 11/22/12 08:52
Re: Something different...U.S. built rail cars for expo
Author: Ray_Murphy

What's holding the trucks in place when the crane lifts the car?

Ray



Date: 11/22/12 09:19
Re: Something different...U.S. built rail cars for expo
Author: sp8192

My question too!


Ray_Murphy Wrote:
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> What's holding the trucks in place when the crane
> lifts the car?
>
> Ray

Posted from iPhone



Date: 11/22/12 09:34
Re: Something different...U.S. built rail cars for expo
Author: SlwApprSlw

sp8192 Wrote:
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> My question too!
>
>
> Ray_Murphy Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > What's holding the trucks in place when the
> crane
> > lifts the car?
> >
> > Ray
>
> Posted from iPhone

There's straps under the axles. If you look closely, you can see them.


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Date: 11/22/12 09:35
Re: Something different...U.S. built rail cars for expo
Author: fqo63

Good question. I looked at some of my other photos and found the answer.

#1 Before loading. Note..nothing around the axles.
#2, #3 During loading. Note yellow straps around the axles. Please excuse the noise and blur. These were greatly enlarged.








Date: 11/22/12 10:58
Re: Something different...U.S. built rail cars for expo
Author: NWRailfan

Did you get a good roster of one of the cars you can share?



Date: 11/22/12 11:58
Re: Something different...U.S. built rail cars for expo
Author: sou2601

What's with the airhose a couple feet above the coupler? From what I could tell, it appears to be tied to the trainline.

-Eric



Date: 11/22/12 12:37
Re: Something different...U.S. built rail cars for expo
Author: NWRailfan

That line is for the rapid discharge door system. When the cars opener system is triggered the doors open and close all pneumatically



Date: 11/22/12 14:58
Re: Something different...U.S. built rail cars for expo
Author: fqo63

>Did you get a good roster of one of the cars you can share?

Sure did...



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/22/12 15:00 by fqo63.




Date: 11/22/12 16:46
Re: Something different...U.S. built rail cars for expo
Author: NWRailfan

Well thank you kind sir and happy thanksgiving to you and your family!



Date: 11/22/12 18:39
Re: Something different...U.S. built rail cars for expo
Author: LandN1971

Chile..............................

JLSeale



Date: 11/22/12 20:03
Re: Something different...U.S. built rail cars for expo
Author: fqo63

Destination update....

The cargo ship "Industrial Faith", which is carrying the hoppers, is currently south of the Caymen Islands, enroute to Puerto Bolivar, Colombia. She is due to arrive at 21:00 UTC on November 24.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/22/12 20:04 by fqo63.



Date: 11/22/12 22:15
Re: Something different...U.S. built rail cars for expo
Author: railcity

How many cars are in this order to be expo?



Date: 11/23/12 06:35
Re: Something different...U.S. built rail cars for expo
Author: fqo63

railcity Wrote:
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> How many cars are in this order to be expo?

I don't know the total, but there were a LOT of cars stored in the port awaiting loading. There was an additional long string of cars in the Pensacola CXS yard.



Date: 11/23/12 07:57
Re: Something different...U.S. built rail cars for expo
Author: fqo63

The rest of the story:

There are 150 km of 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge connecting Cerrejón coal mines to maritime port of Puerto Bolivar at Bahia de Portete.

The Cerrejon mine is one of the largest open pit coal mines in the world.



Date: 11/23/12 13:42
Re: Something different...U.S. built rail cars for expo
Author: CShaveRR

These cars have a gross rail load of 315,000 pounds. Must be good track down there, as a lot of U.S. main lines still can't support cars like this.

Edit: there are 175 cars in this group, numbers 101000-101174.

Edit again: a total of 300 cars, 101000-101174 and 110875-110999.

Carl Shaver
Lombard, IL



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 11/23/12 16:58 by CShaveRR.



Date: 11/23/12 14:24
Re: Something different...U.S. built rail cars for expo
Author: Lackawanna484

CShaveRR Wrote:
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> These cars have a gross rail load of 315,000
> pounds. Must be good track down there, as a lot
> of U.S. main lines still can't support cars like
> this.
>
> Edit: there are 175 cars in this group, numbers
> 101000-101174.


Colombia has a pretty decent economic growth rate. Economists estimate it to be in the 6% range. And, they're producing a lot of jobs in their industrial and mining sectors.



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