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Date: 07/11/19 15:04
TOFC, Nope - Road Railers, Nope - What? -- Ed Zarfoss
Author: MartyBernard

What is this called?  It's not TOFC (no flat car) or Road Railers.  It's sort of in between.


Thanks Ed,
Marty Bernard



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/11/19 15:08 by MartyBernard.






Date: 07/11/19 15:10
Re: TOFC, Nope - Road Railers, Nope - What? -- Ed Zarfoss
Author: trainjunkie

The generic term is "articulated spine cars".



Date: 07/11/19 15:27
Re: TOFC, Nope - Road Railers, Nope - What? -- Ed Zarfoss
Author: mamfahr

> The generic term is "articulated spine cars".

Hello,

ATSF, BN, TTX and others (including IAIS) had variations of these cars at various times.  Although not standard equipment, I believe that similar articulated 3, 5 & 10 platform cars as well as the single-car designs were considered TOFC equipment.

Take care,

Mark



Date: 07/11/19 16:05
Re: TOFC, Nope - Road Railers, Nope - What? -- Ed Zarfoss
Author: CPR_4000

I was always intrigued by these ... articulated to reduce slack action, low tare weight, lower center of gravity vs. a standard pig flat. Seemed like a good idea!



Date: 07/11/19 16:44
Re: TOFC, Nope - Road Railers, Nope - What? -- Ed Zarfoss
Author: SPDRGWfan

They appear to be the Itel Impack version of the STSF Fuel Foilers? Cool photos!

https://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?3,1270607



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 07/11/19 16:51 by SPDRGWfan.



Date: 07/11/19 21:31
Re: TOFC, Nope - Road Railers, Nope - What? -- Ed Zarfoss
Author: railstiesballast

The most popular (among the railroaders with a sense of humor) were the "6-packs".
Some were indeed sets of six platforms.



Date: 07/11/19 21:32
Re: TOFC, Nope - Road Railers, Nope - What? -- Ed Zarfoss
Author: Greyhounds

That's just TOFC on an articulated spine flatcar.

Such cars are used to this day.



Date: 07/12/19 08:05
Re: TOFC, Nope - Road Railers, Nope - What? -- Ed Zarfoss
Author: TexasEagle77

Front Runners?

Ricky



Date: 07/12/19 08:12
Re: TOFC, Nope - Road Railers, Nope - What? -- Ed Zarfoss
Author: SPDRGWfan

Front Runners were stand-alone cars.  These sure look like Itel Impacks - no?



Date: 07/13/19 22:11
Re: TOFC, Nope - Road Railers, Nope - What? -- Ed Zarfoss
Author: pdt

Greyhounds Wrote:
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> That's just TOFC on an articulated spine flatcar.
>
> Such cars are used to this day.

Ding, Ding, Ding Ding, Ding.   We have a winner.
Just your average TOFC skeleton car.  Usually seen 5 platform articulated.  TTAX, TTRX.   Its basically what almost all TOFC trailers ride on these days.

Never saw one BN green, but that's whats different, as far as I can tell. 



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