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Date: 06/18/20 15:50
max unit train tonnage question
Author: goneon66

does anybody know what the max tonnage is for c.p. and c.n. w/b unit trains to the west coast?

thanks for any info...........

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Date: 06/19/20 05:17
Re: max unit train tonnage question
Author: engineerinvirginia

goneon66 Wrote:
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> does anybody know what the max tonnage is for c.p.
> and c.n. w/b unit trains to the west coast?
>
> thanks for any info...........
>
> 66
>  

Such figures generally vary by subdivision.....



Date: 06/19/20 05:23
Re: max unit train tonnage question
Author: MP403

If it helps, CN runs 210-car grain unit trains to the coast. CP, in contrast, runs 135-car grain unit trains.

CN's more gentle grades make this possible, although I'm sure that the loading and unloading capabilities at origin and destination come into play here, too.



Date: 06/19/20 09:07
Re: max unit train tonnage question
Author: mp35mountain

CP is trying to standardize it's grain trains on a 147 car, 8500', 15,000 tonnes HEP (High Efficiency Product) operation.  Although they have run some bigger car counts.

Tim
mp35mountain



Date: 06/19/20 19:43
Re: max unit train tonnage question
Author: sarailfan

CP runs potash trains up to around 200 cars with 2x2x1 power, that should be around 29600 ton, and 0.7 hpt. Not exactly fast up the hills.

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Darren Boes
Lethbridge, AB
Southern Alberta Railfan



Date: 06/20/20 05:57
Re: max unit train tonnage question
Author: goneon66

thanks for the info gents.

i was wondering IF 30,000 ton trains were being run up in canada, especially over grades like kicking horse and rogers passes.........

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Date: 06/20/20 06:48
Re: max unit train tonnage question
Author: sarailfan

Keep in mind CP is a 1% railroad westbound. The potash cars are new enough that they apparently have good brakes, grain trains seem more likely to have issues on the descending westbound grades (which exceed 2% on both passes)

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Darren Boes
Lethbridge, AB
Southern Alberta Railfan



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