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Date: 05/03/22 11:19
ATLAS 89’ channel side flat
Author: fbe

The Atlas #20 006 118 HO F89J Flat Car is available with 13 green coated brown pipes.  These are a good match for loads of oil pipe coming south of Canada for the oil pipeline connecting with the pipeline to Texas.

sorry the iPhone13 inverted the photo.




Date: 05/03/22 15:01
Re: ATLAS 89’ channel side flat
Author: turbine

Here you go. the car is no longer inverted...




Date: 05/03/22 15:05
Re: ATLAS 89’ channel side flat
Author: fbe

Thank you, turbine. Did you turn the image on a laptop or a desk top?



Date: 05/03/22 16:40
Re: ATLAS 89’ channel side flat
Author: turbine

you're welcome. I rotated the image on my PC using Photoshop...



Date: 05/03/22 17:21
Re: ATLAS 89’ channel side flat
Author: CPR_4000

Is that car a former piggyback or trilevel rack car? Deck looks very low. Prototype must be close to 50 years old by now.



Date: 05/03/22 17:27
Re: ATLAS 89’ channel side flat
Author: fbe

The car number is PTTX 602131.  I have no idea of the car history.



Date: 05/03/22 17:35
Re: ATLAS 89’ channel side flat
Author: toledopatch

CPR_4000 Wrote:
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> Is that car a former piggyback or trilevel rack
> car? Deck looks very low. Prototype must be close
> to 50 years old by now.

I do believe Trailer Train refitted a lot of older intermodal flats to handle specialty loads like this, especially once TOFC loadings were eclipsed by doublestacks in well cars.

 



Date: 05/03/22 17:35
Re: ATLAS 89’ channel side flat
Author: alongthejointline

Yellow with conspicuity according to the box. I know what conspicuity means but, seriously, what the heck does Atlas intend to communicate by uing that word on a carton that contains a model?



Date: 05/03/22 17:36
Re: ATLAS 89’ channel side flat
Author: toledopatch

alongthejointline Wrote:
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> Yellow with conspicuity according to the box. I
> know what conspicuity means but, seriously, what
> the heck does Atlas intend to communicate by uing
> that word on a carton that contains a model?

It's telling the prototype modeler that the model has conspicuity stripes on it, which dates it to the mid-2000s or later when the phased-in mandate for such stripes was established, even though the rest of the paint scheme is valid for more than a decade prior to that.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/03/22 17:40 by toledopatch.



Date: 05/03/22 18:33
Re: ATLAS 89’ channel side flat
Author: RRBMail

Is this the same kind of flat that were often used to carry pipe loads in the the 1980s-90s on the Napa Valley Railroad? 



Date: 05/03/22 18:43
Re: ATLAS 89’ channel side flat
Author: alongthejointline

Many thanks, toldeopatch, for the information. Now I have read more about the striping as well as fiinding a 3M website selling it.
https://www.identi-tape.com/fra-conspicuity.html



Date: 05/03/22 18:45
Re: ATLAS 89’ channel side flat
Author: tomstp

We see a lot of that pipe on the UP in east Texas going west.  At times a train will have 20 of those loaded pipe cars.



Date: 05/03/22 19:27
Re: ATLAS 89’ channel side flat
Author: MP4093

This epoxy coated pipe is common and thousands of miles have been laid across this country for decades. It is not specific to any one job or location. I have been to the plants that manufacture it and seen train loads of it for years, it is everywhere.



Date: 05/03/22 20:00
Re: ATLAS 89’ channel side flat
Author: toledopatch

MP4093 Wrote:
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> This epoxy coated pipe is common and thousands of
> miles have been laid across this country for
> decades. It is not specific to any one job or
> location. I have been to the plants that
> manufacture it and seen train loads of it for
> years, it is everywhere.

Agree -- the first time I recall seeing that sort of pipe load was on the head end of a westbound Conrail train at Cresson, Pa., in October, 1990. What I don't remember is what the lengths were.



Date: 05/05/22 22:29
Re: ATLAS 89’ channel side flat
Author: EricSP

RRBMail Wrote:
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> Is this the same kind of flat that were often used
> to carry pipe loads in the the 1980s-90s on the
> Napa Valley Railroad? 

Yes to Napa Pipe loads, no to Napa Valley Railroad. Napa Pipe was served by SP then CFNR.



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